Group Home Plan Opposed By Many Neighbors
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 17, 2003
WEST ROXBURY, MASSACHUSETTS--Members of a neighborhood association gathered Monday night to oppose plans to build a group home on a nearby vacant lot for four men with mental retardation, the Roslindale Transcript reported.
It reads pretty much like your typical NIMBY (not-in-my-backyard) story:
Plans for a group home in an existing neighborhood were announced. Neighbors protested, saying they are worried about the group home residents being sexual predators, about property values going down, about there being too much traffic, etc.
But this story has a bit of a difference.
During discussions with the agency that would provide services to the men in the new group home, one of the neighbors offered to sell her home to the agency.
Now, if I had neighbors like those in her neighborhood association, I think I'd want to move away, too. How can one blame her?
"Neighbors try to handicap group home" (Roslindale Transcript)