During the past week someone ripped a thermostat and wiring from a wall, destroyed some plumbing and intentionally stopped up a toilet at the 317 First Ave. shelter, said Farrell.
After about a week of vandalism, Farrell said he called the men together Monday night and asked who did the damage and then asked them if they knew who did it.
Since no one stepped forward, he decided to ask the men to leave the shelter.
He said the shelter is still open, but the 12 to 15 men who were there Monday won’t be allowed back for at least six months.
“I don’t know what else to do,” Farrell said. “It’s a lose-lose situation. I know I have to help the homeless but I also have a duty to protect the property for the donors.”
Farrell said in all likelihood there are some innocent people who will suffer because of his decision, but felt like he had no choice.
He said Tuesday he had no cost estimate of the damage because a plumber and electrician have not finished their work.