he parents of some children attending a downtown Dallas day care are fighting to keep developers from building apartments for the homeless next door.
About 130 children attend the First Presbyterian Church Developmental Day School on Wood Street. Some of their parents are concerned because the city of Dallas has given Hamilton Properties Corporation its blessing to build supportive housing nearby.
Supportive housing means some of the city’s homeless will call the place home. Homeless shelters will make recommendations for who gets to live there.
“We have a goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2014. This is part of that goal,” said Mayor Pro Tem Pauline Medrano.
But Kristy Macktinger, a mother whose children attend the church’s day school, is anything but happy. Residents will have a view from their apartment right onto the playground, she said.
“People with mental illness and a history of drug and alcohol addition,” Macktinger said. “I have a 3 year old, a 2 year old and a 5 month old here. I was terrified. This is not the right location for anything that requires a background check.”
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