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Monday, October 20, 2014

New group home could be coming to K’bridge Heights

By Adam Wisnieski
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Episcopal Services plans to open a group home for developmentally disabled adults in December at a small home, located at 2749 University Ave.

The home will be an Individualized Residential Alternative for 10 residents with mental disabilities.

According to CB 8, the home will be supervised 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Because the group home falls under Padavan Law, a public hearing is required. 

CB 8’s Health, Hospitals and Social Services chair Steve Froot said the most likely reason for a community to reject such a proposal would be if the neighborhood is oversaturated with group homes.

Episcopal Services is a New York City-based organization that serves approximately 5,000 city residents, according to its website. The organization has an annual budget of $38 million and its programs and homes are located throughout the city, though they are concentrated in the South Bronx and Manhattan. 

Episcopal Services is expected to show statistics on how many group homes are currently located in the area at the public hearing.

Already, board members have weighed in on the proposal. Charles Moerdler said at the Sept. 11 CB 8 meeting that he thought too many group homes were being created in Kingsbridge Heights.

The public hearing will take place on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation and Care Center, located at 3426 Cannon Place, at 7 p.m.

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