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Planning Commission Reconsiders Permit For Group Home
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 24, 2004

CREEDMOOR, NORTH CAROLINA--Rita Jackson says she doesn't understand all the uproar over her plans to open a group home for children with disabilities in Creedmoor.

"It is a family-care home. They are handicapped children with a mental illness or emotionally disturbed," she told the Durham Herald-Sun.

The city's planning commission has already granted Jackson a zoning permit for the home.

But neighbors have appealed that decision because the youths who would live there could have criminal histories. They claim that Jackson's plans fall outside the current laws governing group homes and half-way houses.

"We are just worried about the criminal delinquent or that element that may be injected into our neighborhood," said one resident.

One member of the Planning Commission, however, said the community might be missing an opportunity to help young people.

"People that need help may suffer because of our fear," said commission member Suzanne Smith. "If we could welcome some children that need some help into our community and treat them with respect that they may not have gotten where they've come from, then we might actually make the world safer by having them here, and I don't think anybody has looked at it that way."

The city's Board of Adjustment is scheduled to review the case on December 6.


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