Sep 19, 2014 5:46 PM

Neighbors Concerned with Potential Sale of Home to Program for Homeless Families

EXETER, NEW HAMPSHIRE - The potential sale of a home on Hampton Road in Exeter has some residents talking.

The house is located at 27 Hampton Road and has seen many different functions, most recently it was a child daycare facility. Now, the group Seacoast Family Promises wants to purchase the home and turn it into a community center for homeless families. Neighbors have shown resistance and some can't understand why.

"I don't know why they're so concerned. I don't know where they got the idea that there might be a safety concern. I think it's because they think of the term homeless and lots of people who are homeless have drug problems, have mental health problems, have criminal records, and so I guess they just made the assumption that's the kind of people who are going to be in this property near their neighborhood," said Representative Frank Heffron, who volunteers with these families through Seacoast Family Promise.

If the sale moves forward, the home will only serve as a daytime community center for people involved in the program to go and spend their free time. There will be no meals provided and no one will stay overnight. The program enlists local churches for overnight stays for these families.


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