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11/08/04

Neighborhood Watch Concerned About Transitional Housing

The Union Mission has some big plans for some property on Savannah's south side, but the project on Middleground Road is meeting with resistance from neighbors, who will be holding a meeting at the Southside Assembly of God social hall on Tibet Avenue this evening.

The problem for many residents is who's going to be moving in. So the Colonial Village Neighborhood Watch is holding a meeting to talk with representatives from the Union Mission, who will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns residents might have

Union Mission is a program designed to help homeless men and women get a new start in life. The Union Mission purchased apartments on Middleground Road a few weeks ago for $1.2 million. They are hoping within the next five or six months to renovate these 30 apartments and make them transitional housing homes.

But neighbors say this type of housing is too close for comfort. We spoke to neighborhood watch president Helen Beddow today, and she has been gathering a list of questions and concerns from other neighbors to present at tonight's meeting.

She says their biggest concern is safety. They want to know if the future tenants are former drug addicts, do they have mental problems and will crime rise after they move in.

But Union Mission president Rev. Micheal Elliot says residents being apprehensive about new neighbors is nothing new, and he assures residents that these future tenants will undergo a strict screening process and they will be monitored 24/7.

Reported by: Hena Daniels, hdaniels@wtoc.com

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