‘Close To Home’ Coming To Rockaway?
There is a possibility that the city will soon bring a “Limited-Secure” residential home to Far Rockaway and the Administration for Children’s Services, the city agency that runs the program, wants to know what you think about a home for juvenile delinquents in your community.
For that purpose, ACS has called a “Community Forum” on the question scheduled to be held at the Queens Far Rockaway Cathedral, 1252 Brunswick Avenue, at 6 p.m. on October 29.
In March, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law the “Close to Home” legislation, which takes juvenile delinquents who do not need a secure setting back to their home communities.
The program aims to “increase public safety and reduce recidivism by providing state-of-the-art rehabilitative services in community-base settings that are most conducive to family engagement and educational advancement.”
While ACS workers would not say whether or not one of three group homes is slated for Rockaway, the three sites where meetings will be held are Far Rockaway, Bedford-Stuyvesant and Harlem.