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Common Ground Relief, Inc.
July 4, 2010

Apparently school children are not a protected class of people because Common Ground has partnered with UNITY and the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in New Orleans to place 42 junkies, alcoholics and transients across the street from John McDonough High School in New Orleans. The neighbors and parents of the children of the school have told them several times they do not want junkies, alcoholics and persons with crimial records across the street from their homes, church and school. The only focus Common Ground has is to increase the number of paychecks it can generate for its own organization. They place people who need a lot of support in a situation in which they have no real support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own neighborhood. Common Ground is growing its organization by placing junkies, alcoholics and transients in my neighborhood.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I live in the area Common Ground plans to overwhelm with alcoholics, junkies and transients.

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UNITY HOUSING INC
July 4, 2010

UNITY moved in with Katrina and it has done more damage to New Orleans than 10 Katrinas could do. It soon partnered with Common Ground and Gulf Coast Housing Partnership. These three organizations have "profited" by growing their organizations in the distressed, disorganized state New Orleans was in after Katrina. They are gradually turning my once peaceful working-class neighborhood into a skid row. They suck up tax dollars and place addicts, alcoholics and the chronically homeless (a quarter of which have criminal records) unsupervised into my neighborhood. UNITY/Common Ground's latest scheme is to place 42 of their socially problamatic clients into a building that was donated to them by Gulf Coast Housing Partnership who reportedly got a $2.5 million tax break for the donation. This building is across the street from a historic high school in a neighborhood that is fighting to preserve itself. UNITY is unwanted in every neighborhood they enter and the neighborhoods let them know it. Our protests fall on deaf ears because UNITY/Common Ground is focused on increasing the number of people it can hire and pay. UNITY has bought up Google and if you google "UNITY of New Orleans" all you will see is UNITY praising UNITY. This group is a sham and has our tax dollars to use to ruin our residential neighborhoods. By the time UNITY/Common Ground are exposed, no law-bidding people will be left in my neighborhood.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

New Orleans

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Defund it entirelly. UNITY is a jobs program for UNITY staff and has no altruistic purpose whatever.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Cold blooded, insincere and determined to ignore the public good in their quest to grow their organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Ruin an entire city.

Ways to make it better...

UNITY weren't recruiting socially maladapted persons, junkies and alcoholics to house in my neighborhood, near my schools.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

None. They are untouchable. They purport to "help the homeless". They only help themselves.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Do not let UNITY into your neighborhood and investigate fully anyone you fund. UNITY has exploited donors with slick tactics. I doubt any of them have ever actually seen UNITY in action or have talked to any residents of the neighborhoods UNITY slums out

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & I live in the area in which UNITY operates and attend public hearings regarding this group.

Review from Guidestar