Do NOT Sell Our CHILDREN's Safe Haven
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In recent days our community learned the CHILDREN’S Aid (CA) decided in 2017 to sell the playground land to private luxury developers for 9.5 million dollars. We also discovered the CHILDREN’S Aid is still negotiating the contract with the private luxury developers. CHILDREN’s Aid stated that they have received a deposit nevertheless we understand that the CHILDREN’S Aid can still withdraw from the sale. We urge you listen to pleas from families, employees, advocates, local elected officials, and the CHILDREN and cancel the contract.
Going ahead with the contract means that the Children’s Aid will fail the CHILDREN! You have already failed to communicate with the community about your organization’s “financial troubles”! Even our local elected officials have expressed how displeased they are with this sale which of they have just learned about when they had the financial aid to assist with any needed support for building maintenance.
CHILDREN’S Aid also failed to do an evaluation process that involved the community to learn their thoughts and feelings of this center’s closing. Parents will now have the burden of sending their children to places that may be dangerous or submit them to adaptation process for which they may not be ready to confront as vulnerable populations.
This was a shameful action for the CHILDREN’s Aid and goes opposite the stated mission, to help children in poverty to succeed and thrive in high need New York neighborhoods. Selling land to the highest bidder supports the gentrification of El Barrio. Selling out our children’s future to accommodate luxury developers interests instead of considering non profit developers or community land trusts as options shows a clear mission to gain profit from this sale.
The community and the CHILDREN demand the CHILDREN’S Aid:
- Withdraw from the contract
- Be transparent with their finances
- Abide by the REAL commitment to the community they serve
- Commitment to our struggle against gentrification
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