Locals Petition Against Teen Group Home
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 3, 2003
WEST SENECA, NEW YORK--Residents of Chippewa Court subdivision are angered over a proposal for three young teenagers with developmental disabilities to move into a group home in their neighborhood, according to the Buffalo News.
Rhonda Frederick, chief operating officer of People Inc., told those who showed up for an information meeting Wednesday night that the three -- ages 13, 14, and 15 -- would move in "sometime this fall", if all goes according to plan.
She said that the home will employ 10 staff members hired to provide 24-hour-a-day supervision.
Last week, the Town Board was given a petition signed by more than 100 residents objecting to the move.
One father said he was concerned that his children would have to pass the home to get to the neighborhood playground. Others said they were concerned about a school bus coming into the cul-de-sac to pick up the children. Still others said they didn't want a business in their neighborhood and expressed concern over the loss of property taxes.
Town officials explained at the time that state anti-discrimination laws would not allow them to stop People Inc. from going ahead with the project.