Neighbors ask questions about Stonehaven House project

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FRUITA, Colo. One organization's efforts to help the community has some residents raising questions about the idea of temporary housing in their neighborhood.

"I don't think there would be a problem with mailing or even just putting at our doors, 'Hey, this is us, this is what we're going to do,'" said Shirley Robinson, who lives in the neighborhood behind the Stonehaven House. "Give us an idea of the rules that they plan to abide by. I think it would put everybody's mind at rest."

HOPE of the Grand Valley has plans to use the Stonehaven House in Fruita to help families who don't qualify for government assistance, but are struggling to make ends meet.

However, Robinson said she wants to know more about the application process and what the rules will be for families living in the house before she can fully get behind the idea.

"They haven't explained that for instance if a kid starts messing around in our neighborhood and it's one of theirs are they going to be out of there? One strike and you're out?" she asked. "Are they going to do background checks to make sure it's not drugs? Our neighborhood is really clean."

The application process won't be easy, reaffirmed Vicki McGee, founder of HOPE of the Grand Valley.

"They will get interviewed by myself and then by my board," she said. "We'll run background checks.

The property will be drug and alcohol free in addition to having a host mother monitoring the site 24 hours, seven days a week, McGee said.

Also, the organization has plans for fixing up the property.

"This is going to be such an improvement," McGee said. "Our first plan is to get into the property, fresh paint, bring it back up to where it once was.

McGee said if anyone has any questions, they can call the HOPE of the Grand Valley office directly at 970-778-4880.

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