Helping Hand Home For Children is looking for neighborhood support in order to get approval for a zoning change that would allow them to continue providing congregate living and add an expansion on their property to better serve the children that they help. Friends of Hyde Park should take a vote to weigh in.
I've included a draft description and draft vote language below. If anyone wants to weigh in on the language of the vote or description before Wednesday, just let us know here. We'll use this thread as the place for anyone to ask questions or discuss the issue during the vote, which will tentatively be scheduled to start on Wednesday August 8, 2018 and voting will be open for 7 days. You can vote online. If you're already a member of Friends of Hyde Park you will automatically receive an email with your ballot on August 8th (remember, voting is encoded and completely secret).
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Helping Hand Home For Children, located at 3804 Avenue B, wants to continue providing congregate living and add an expansion on their property to better serve the children that they help. This would require a zoning change to General Office (GO) and they are asking for neighborhood support to get approval for the change.
Helping Hand Home For Children was founded in 1893 and has been located in Hyde Park since 1925. Today, they serve as a residential treatment center for children who have experienced extreme abuse. It also provides foster care and adoption services as well as an on-site charter school operated in partnership with UT. This past year, Helping Hand was able to place roughly 95% of its children in home settings, either through foster care or permanent adoptions, but there is an ongoing need for beds and services as new children arrive. More information on its mission and services can be found at http://helpinghandhome.org.
The proposed expansion would allow the addition of 15 new beds and would reduce the number of children in each residential unit from the current 7 to 8 per unit to 5 per unit. They would remove all buildings currently on the site, which faces Avenue B between 38th and 38 ½ Streets. The school, community room, and storage would be at the back of the property while the children’s residences will be facing 38th St. All heritage trees would remain on the site, though some smaller trees would be removed. Construction would occur in phases, with housing being built first, followed by structures for their charter school, community room, and storage. They would likely take in fewer children during the construction period.
Resolution Voting Language:
Friends of Hyde Park members support Helping Hand Home For Children being granted a zoning change to General Office (GO) in order to continue providing congregate living and add an expansion on their property to better serve the children that they help.