July 25, 2005
St. Paul neighbors oppose home for single mothers
June 23, 2005
This was a short article, but I'm glad there was some discussion in class about the topic. I am sure some of you are right that the neighbors are opposing the home for single mothers because of the rich elitist (my words) area they are proposing the home be built. But again, how threatening is a home with mothers and children so the single mothers can attend college?
Even the last paragraph of the article states those that oppose the home will not even meet with anyone from the group 'Jeremiah Project'. In re-reading the article, it appears the residents want the site to be used for senior housing. So they are not opposed to a home being built for a group, but specifically the mothers and their children.
This is more information I found searching the LexisNexis Academic website. The article is dated 4/22/2005 w/ the headline New Place for a new start; The Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis, which helps low-income single moms turn their lives around, is seeking to expand to St. Paul" --
"The Jeremiah Program in St. Paul expects to have room for 40 single mothers and their children when it opens in the fall of 2006. Applications for its Minneapolis site are taken on an ongoing basis. The requirements:
- Low income.
- At least 18 years of age.
- Must be a resident of Minnesota at least 2 years.
- A high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Enrolled in college or training program.
- Children 4 years of age or younger.
- Drug and alcohol use evaluation.
Applications are available by calling the program at 612-259-3006."
I could not locate an article more recent than the June 23 article, but if you find something as follow-up, please respond.
Here are some older articles, but I haven't been able to find stories dated after 23 June. If you do a Lexis-Nexis search for Jeremiah Project St. Paul through the UMN library's site, you can find more.
Posted by: Clancy at July 25, 2005 7:11 PM
I think that it is great that they do this for single mothers. There are so many women who get disowned from their families when they are single and become pregnant. Every women should have an opportunity to attend college even though they may be a single mother. I can also understand why the residents in this neighborhood could be a little upset, but like Debbi said, these are mothers with little children trying to get an education to provide a better home for their family. The fact that they will not even meet with the board about their issues, in my opinion shows their childish behavior. They could at least discuss their issues with the board and some of their issues could be resolved.
Posted by: Dianna at July 26, 2005 8:18 AM
The only reason that people don't want this program in their neighborhood is because they are rich. They payed a lot of money for their houses and they don't want the value of their houses to go down because a bunch of poor people are moving in.
Posted by: Chuck at July 29, 2005 1:22 PM