Q&A ABOUT COMPASS BROADVIEW

Broadview Community Council Meeting Tuesday, September 20

Meet and Greet: 6:30 p.m. and meeting starts at 7:00 p.m.

Meeting Place: Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, 132nd and Greenwood

Following up on the blog post from earlier this week, the Broadview Community Council board collected some questions and concerns heard on Nextdoor and in other community conversations about Compass Broadview. We tracked down some answers.

Will this project create a parking headache for residents and the community?

As is the case at other Compass buildings, residents at Compass Broadview are unlikely to own vehicles. The families who live here will be very low income and extremely low income. Compass Housing brings services on site in part because residents are almost exclusively dependent on public transportation. We believe this location is ideal, because families will have easy access to schools and bus service.

Will this project have case management and support services?

Compass Broadview will feature on-site case management to help residents address any barriers to stability. It will be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and provide support services from a variety of programs for families and children

Will this project be a haven for criminals and criminal activity?

All residents will go through a pre-screening process to determine if they are eligible for Compass Broadview. The screening process will include questions on income, past evictions, and criminal background. As the property will include families with children, all residents will satisfy both national and state background checks. Applicants with sexual or violent criminal history will NOT be considered. Applicants with a criminal history in the past 5-7 years will NOT be considered.

How will this project affect my property values?

Per the National Association of Realtors, “Questions arise about whether or not the sales prices of single-family homes are made higher or lower when low-income housing is nearby. Most studies indicate that affordable housing has no long term negative impact on surrounding home values. In fact, some research indicates the opposite.”

Can you point to similar Compass projects in the community?

Compass on Dexter is the most similar project – in terms of size, scope, and resident demographics. That project faced initial opposition, but now has strong support within its community. Some of its most vocal critics are now some of its most loyal volunteers. If you’re interested in touring Compass on Dexter, community tours start next week! Stay tuned for tour schedule.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please join us at our upcoming BCC meeting on September 20.

4 Comments on “Q&A ABOUT COMPASS BROADVIEW”

  1. Is this project going to make the value of our property DECREASE? How safe is this as there is a day care on 132nd. AND, do we get to vote on this or is it a “done deal”?

    THANKS!

    Don and Ann-Patrice Riccardo

  2. Hi, Anne-Patrice–

    What a lovely name. Are you French?

    Based on a bunch of studies (most recently one from NYU) and an assessment by the National Association of Realtors, it shouldn’t affect your property value adversely and will likely increase it. It is very safe — everyone will undergo state and national background checks, which is more than I can say for some of my neighbors! 🙂 And we don’t get to vote, but we can influence design and other components. If you’re interested in serving on the community group, let me know. And if you have any other questions, please reach out to Suzanne Sullivan at Compass Housing Alliance (ssullivan@compasshousingalliance.org).

    Valerie

    PS Where is the day care? I’m looking for one for my 10-month-old daughter, and that would be terrifically convenient!

  3. Will Compass handle this over all building and checking on any negatives as SHARE has done with their staff, which was useless and accused of embezzlement of State monies. I was reading all about the background info sent me and was warned that it would be shut down so. In the middle of my read, it disappeared. Iam very appre prehensive re: the whole picture, especially with the grade school across the street.

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