Let NOC keep our apartments at Bluffton House
  • Petitioned Wendy Crate

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Aspensquare Management
Wendy Crate
Aspensquare Management
Jeff Strohle

Let NOC keep our apartments at Bluffton House

    1. Petition by

      Emily Blackshire

      Hilton Head, SC

Neighborhood Outreach Connection is an organization that works to empower low income communities through education, healthcare, workforce development. We work within the neighborhoods themselves to re-envision the futures of individuals, families, and communities at large through after school programs, health clinics, English and literacy classes, and a host of other services. 

 

Bluffton House has been bought recently by Aspen Square Management, located in West Springfield, Massachusetts.  They have asked NOC to leave one apartment by August 31 and the other apartment by November 30, because of financial reasons (loss of revenue), since NOC uses these apartments as "supportive services units" and does not pay rent. We are now trying to negotiate with Aspen Square Management to arrive at a satisfactory solution.  Failure to reach an agreement will mean that more 200 children will no longer be able to participate in pre-school learning and after school home work support and internet-based learning.  Residents, mainly women, will no longer have access to English language training.  Likewise, people in this low income neighborhood (with  a population of over 1500 individuals) will not have access to free health screenings for hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, HIVAIDS, and workshops relating to dental hygiene and nutrition.  NOC also partners with local church groups to sponsor social events throughout the year to foster community building.  The impact of losing these services is significant and costly.  Without these services, Aspen Square Management is simply housing poverty.

 
Owners of such apartment complex enjoy huge tax credits subsidized by tax payers money.  The benefits of the services, such as those provided by NOC, outweigh the direct cost (estimated at $24,000) of the two apartment units.  There is good economic rationale for Aspen Square Management to allow NOC to continue its vital programs to help people in need, especially children and women.  The implications of this issue are, in fact, much broader than the Bluffton House, considering the number of such properties that exist in Beaufort County and across the State of South Carolina.
 

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    • Ann Graham BLUFFTON, SC
      • 11 months ago

      The children served by NOC are among the most vulnerable in our town. This is a vital service that is desperately needed. If Aspensquare Management could find the required amount of money to pay the rent for the 2 apartments in their charitable giving budget, they should know that it will be repaid in the successes of each child and family that utilize NOC's service.

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    • Joan Weaver BLUFFTON, SC
      • 11 months ago

      Because these children are the most vulnerable and need our help!

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    • James Collett HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC
      • about 1 year ago

      NOC is a leader in showing all of us how to help people who are struggling to improve themselves

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    • cathy davis NEW PROV, NJ
      • about 1 year ago

      how can it not be important-this service helps the children-our future

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    • Joseph Arbo NEW YORK, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      Why isn't this important to all of us. We continue to take away and expecteverything to just get better whenit will get worse, they need your help so act today before someones life is at stake.

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