CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE ALBERT BALDEO HELPS TO PREVENT OVERBURDENING OF GROUP HOMES IN RICHMOND HILL/OZONE PARK AND ENVIRONS

Timely intervention and a campaign of letter writing and calls have prevented another group home from being set up in the Richmond Hill/Ozone Park area. The vacant convent of St. Anthony of Padua in Ozone Park was being considered as a group home by the United Veterans Beacon House, in addition to the already 15 homes already established by this group in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk.

Mr. Albert Baldeo, City Council candidate for this area, who was informed of this proposal by community activist Mr. Mike Duvalle, joined forces with him, and conveyed the dissatisfaction of residents in the neighborhood, and pressured the Diocese of Brooklyn "not to enter into any agreement because that would overburden this neighborhood with more homes like these."

"There are already 15 such homes in our community, such as United Cerebral Palsy Association, Samaritan Village, Sheltering Arms Children, Faith Mission Crisis Center, Office of Children and Family Srevices. That is more than our fair share. These do not include the homeless shelters. It is unfair for any community to be overburdened by these constraints. We have nothing against veterans. Indeed, they deserve better from the City, but to over saturate any neighborhood would not be the best solution for community relations and quality of life," said Mr. Baldeo.

 
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