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Tuesday, 22 April 2014 10:43

Boys Hope - Girls Hope Find New Home

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. (AP) - The Boys Hope Girls Hope home that was rejected by the St. Louis County town of Brentwood has found a new location - Richmond Heights.
 
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Richmond Heights City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve a site and development plan for two residences. One will house 10 girls, and one will house 10 boys, plus live-in staff.
 
Residents ages 10 to 18 and come from disadvantaged backgrounds and difficult circumstances. They are chosen partly because of their academic commitment and desire to be good citizens.
 
The nonprofit, which has worked in the region for nearly four decades, lost out on its hope to build in Brentwood in September. Opponents worried about traffic and noise and said the project would lower property values.
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   A nonprofit agency that had wanted to build a youth group home in Brentwood is already looking for sites in neighboring communities after the Board of Aldermen voted down the project Monday night.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Mayor Patrick Kelly had tried to win support for the Boys Hope Girls Hope home before the thumbs down vote on a zoning change and land use permit.  

   The group had wanted to demolish adjacent homes in the 8800 block of  Madge Avenue -- one vacant , the other a rental -- and build residence halls for 20 boys and girls along with offices for the nonprofit's 14 employees.

  Boys Hope Girls Hope helps academically capable and motivated children-in-need to meet their full potential by providing value-centered, family-like homes, opportunities and education through college.  More information about the non-profit group can be found on their website.  

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   A plan to build a children's home in the city of Brentwood has been turned down. 

   Last night the Board of Aldermen killed a zoning change and land-use permit that Boys Hope Girls Hope needed to build a pair of residence halls for 20 boys and girls connected by offices for the nonprofit’s 14 employees. 

   The plan needed six votes from the eight-member board to be rezoned but got support from only three.

   The agency provides food, clothing and transportation to students, offers 24-hour mentoring and requires weekly chores and structured study time. The organization now has 15 boys and girls in the program; the new location would have allowed five more students.

 
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