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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 31, 2014

Meeting held to discuss crisis stabilization home

By ANDY HALLMAN | Aug 25, 2014

Mary and Gary Morris organized a meeting Saturday in the Fairfield Public Library to discuss the proposed crisis stabilization home at 804 E. Burlington Ave.

In July, Executive Director of Tenco Ben Wright announced his company was close to finalizing a plan to convert a house in Fairfield into a crisis stabilization home, where people in crisis can stay for up to 10 days.

The crisis stabilization home would house up to five people. Codie Amason, director of operations at Tenco, said she anticipates hiring six additional staffers, including a crisis home operator, once the home is open.

Mary and Gary Morris organized Saturday’s public meeting because they do not like the location Tenco has chosen for the crisis center, and they wanted to voice their concerns with neighbors and other interested parties. About 20 people attended the meeting. Gary said the sale of a house in the neighborhood recently fell through after the buyer learned about the opening of the crisis center.

“We’re not against the crisis center,” he said. “We’d like it to be elsewhere, perhaps closer to medical facilities.”

“We support the purpose of the crisis stabilization house,” Mary added. “We think this is a poor location choice. It’s very close to both the high school and the Little League fields.”

Mary said the center will not be a women’s center or a generic crisis center, but rather a place for people with mental problems. She said the presence of such a facility makes her worry about the safety of the neighborhood.

Fairfield city councilor Martha Rasmussen attended the meeting and said she agrees with some of the Morrises’ concerns, such as the lack of parking at the home for the people staying there and the employees. At the same time, Rasmussen said she doesn’t think there is anything the council can do about the matter.

The council plans to discuss the crisis stabilization home at its meeting at 7 p.m. today in city hall.

 

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