Sunday, July 10, 2011

Local Outrage Chases Away Autism Home

Sad but true that NIMBY is alive and well in Queens, N.Y.

BELLEROSE, N.Y. -- Residents voiced their outrage over a proposed group home for autistic men and caused a city nonprofit to flee the neighborhood.
Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC), a New York City-based nonprofit wanted to open a group home for eight autistic males in Bellerose. But after a push back from the community board and strong dissent from the neighborhood – the nonprofit decided to back away.
"It's unfortunate that there is community opposition to housing for vulnerable people, but that's the reality in this situation," said Gary Maffei, QSAC's executive director.

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