Foundation Withdraws Zoning Request for Homeless Veteran Housing

By: Caroline Gonzmart Email
By: Caroline Gonzmart Email

Thomasville, Georgia --

The Jack Reid Memorial Foundation board members say they hoped a piece of property on Cherry Street could be rezoned from apartments to an assisted living home to be used for homeless veterans.

But residents said they were uncomfortable having the Mustard Seed House project go in their neighborhood, so property owner Jay Flowers withdrew the request.

Board members say they they want the focus to be on their mission, and not on one piece of property. They say they are continuing to search for a suitable property, at a location that will be mutually agreeable to neighbors. They hope to be up and running by January 1st.


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  • by Cathy Location: TX on Nov 12, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    How sad that this wonderful plan was withdrawn because of the selfish and ill-informed NIMBYs of Cherry Street. I only hope that if they ever need a hand up someone isn't blocking their aid like they did to these veterans.
  • by Jon Location: Thomasville on Nov 12, 2010 at 12:22 PM
    Several facts were left out on this report,no one in this neighborhood is against assisting homeless Vets.when this project first started Nothing was stated in 2letters to residents stating that the house was to be used for Homeless Vets.after a petition was sent,suddenly They stated that the house was for homeless Vets.the neighborhood got too much conflicting info.Don't condemn the neighborhood before all the Facts are disclosed. check the city planning/zoning commission and city counsel meeting records for more info.this neighborhood supports all efforts to assist Homeless Vets.A request was made to WALB to do a followup report to bring All the facts of this issue to the public.several residents were home to get their comments aired ,but were not interviewed.the report was onesided.several residents in this neighborhood are Veterans, including Me.
  • by Theresa Location: Thomasville on Nov 12, 2010 at 03:32 AM
    To Mr. Jay Flowers, Mrs. Hazel Moon and the supporters of the Mustard Seed House - God bless you for your efforts! I know there are more supporters in Thomasville than the few that oppose this endeavor. The Mustard Seed House will succeed and our Veterans will be cared for and given back their dignity. I will pray for your success in the near future!
  • by M Location: T'ville on Nov 11, 2010 at 02:55 PM
    Sadly, I'll bet that most of the people who should be reading these comments do not have computers, do not care, will never know what the rest of us think about their selfish and uncaring ways, AND wouldn't pay attention to what is said here even if they read these comments. Any suggestions on how to get to them????? Can they learn to be caring human beings???
  • by Bob Location: Jasper on Nov 11, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    Once again the "Not In My Backyard" mentality rules. The vets home would have been an upgrade to what it now is. Suppose we just buy it and give the vets rent free apartments (in line with current zoning), or maybe we let squatters live there. That would sure help the neighborhood!
  • by MAURICE Location: THOMASVILLE on Nov 11, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    WOW, and to think this place that was to be the location for homeless Vtes was a BOARDING HOUSE for drug users before it was sold... Its currently an eye sore and these people on this street are opposed to making it a home for Vets that are down on their luck. What a joke, its not like you live in an exclusive neighborhood or something. This might have made your community or street more attractive.
  • by ga mom Location: here in Tville on Nov 11, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    How disappointing to hear that the residents opposed housing of our VETERANS. My father,my husband, and many of my friends are VETERANS while some continue to serve. Yes these people choose to fight for our country and deserve better. Then there are the "OTHERS" that have choosen to let the "VETERANS" do the work while they sit back and complain. Get real this community needs to own up and provide a home for our VETERANS they suffered enough trauma (PTSD & disability) already.
  • by wdyoung Location: Tallahassee on Nov 11, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    What a shame. And to read this on...Veteran's Day.
  • by Ruth Location: GA on Nov 11, 2010 at 06:36 AM
    Shame on you Cherry Street residents. You know full well that the Mustard Seed House posed no risk to you, yet you focused so much energy toward making this zoning request fail. Well, congratulations. You win and homeless veterans who so desperately need our help lose. Enjoy your freedoms this veterans day and think about what you've done
  • by Nicole Location: GA on Nov 11, 2010 at 04:38 AM
    Happy Veteran's Day! I hope those hateful people on Cherry St sleep well tonight, knowing that veterans risked their lives for our freedom. I doubt the homeless veterans in the area will have a good night's sleep. Shame on you, Cherry Street residents.
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