Mayor Alvin Brown will be proposing that a new homeless center
(daycenter/shelter) be placed in our neighborhood
, in the old Armory building on Market Street (next to our Springfield dog park).
It will attract many hundreds of homeless to the area on a daily basis. We already have a saturation of social services and homeless in our neighborhood, and this would mean a major increase, and all the various issues that come with it.
This will be made public soon, and the zoning is technically appropriate.
Obviously, this could set the Springfield (and Eastside) neighborhood back immeasurably, and be counter productive to all the hard fought progress we have earned over the last decades.
For those new Springfielders, the neighborhood was seen as a dumpig ground for social services and "undesirables" of all types for many decades. Thus, the neighborhood deteriorated into a slum. Slowly but surely, we have fought to change that trend, and been mostly successful. Several years ago, a large rehab facility planned to set up shop in the neighborhood, and through our loud voices they eventually decided to move elsewhere. A new mass homeless feeding was also persuaded to go elsewhere just a couple years ago, because of our enthusiastic input.You need to let our City representatives know how you feel about having a new homeless center in our neighborhood - ASAP:Mayor Brownmayorbrown@coj.net
(904) 630-1776Councilman Gaffneygaffney@coj.net
(904) 630-1384Councilman Lumb firstname.lastname@example.org
A coordinated effort will be needed as well, stay tuned.