Wednesday, January 18, 2012

"We Are Mott Haven" Fights Over Saturation of Residential and Out-Patient Treatment Programs in the South Bronx

Here is an organization that is fighting to make sure the South Bronx is no longer a dumping ground for every homeless shelter, drug rehab center and everything else shelter they want to impose on the community. The Borough has supported its fair share. The community needs to know that there are saturation guidelines for these types of programs and it needs to speak up to make sure they are enforced. Kudos to “We Are the South Bronx”. What is purposed needs to be reviewed and the community must have influence in the final decision.

Community Organization, “We Are Mott Haven” To Expose The Over Saturation of
Residential And Out-Patient Treatment Programs That Affect Quality Of Life In
South Bronx Area.

On January 21, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., the community organization, “We Are Mott Haven!”, will be conducting a press conference to denounce the construction of a 60 unit apartment building which will be mainly used for housing people with severe mental illness (1/3 ages 18 to 25 years old; 1/3 older and 1/3 of chronically homeless people).

The organization will reveal the over saturation of government and private programs and institutions that are becoming a concern to the quality of life of the local community.
“We Are Mott Haven” is a group of South Bronx homeowners and tenants who have organized to stop the construction of this newest housing. Speaking for the group, Maxi Rivera stated, “We are not opposed to programs for those in need. We are opposed to the location, and the oversaturation of residential and out-patient treatment programs. The initiators of the project and the elected officials failed to notify the community.

The press conference will be held in front of where the building is being planned, 462-468 East 144th street and 475 East 143 Street (both streets between Brook and Willis Avenues).
Among the speakers at the press conference will be the homeowners, representatives of various groups and community residents.

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