|SMOC Executive Committee||SMOC's 2004 Annual Report|
|The South Middlesex Opportunity Council (S.M.O.C.)|
The South Middlesex Opportunity Council
(SMOC). is a private fund
raising, fund giving organization that interacts with the
Town of Framingham. It's offices are at 300 Howard Street
in Framingham. It's executive director is Jim Cuddy.
If it is like any charitable institution, about 90% of the funds acquired thru federal/state grants and charitable contributions will be spent on SMOC itself. The rest gets spent on the needs of the people it supposedly serves. It seems to have lofty goals of helping the poor, but since it is a private enterprise, we know very little about its funding.
It had been buying land in Framingham only because Framingham was the last bastion of affordability. You and I now know that this concept has changed over the last 5 years.
SMOC creates a nice atmosphere for the state's drug addicts, alcoholics and the mentally ill in downtown Framingham by centralizing its services to help them. If you're a drug addict, an alcoholic, mentally ill, or homeless this is as close as you're going to get to Nirvana.
In May, 2005, SMOC chose to buy a nursing home and open a wet shelter for drug addicts right smack dab in the middle of a residential neighborhood at 517 Winter Street, Framingham, MA 01702 effectively devaluing the entire neighborhood.
The drug addicts will bring their children with them and these children will be placed in the Framingham Schools at taxpayers expense. We expect to have up to 25 children placed in our schools, at the average annual cost of $10,000 each per year, or $250,000 each and every year.
This nursing home was a commercial property but when SMOC makes it a wet shelter, it will be tax exempt. In essence, we the Framingham taxpayers lose four or more ways.
I say SMOC should open a few wet shelters around 102 Warren Road where Jerry Desilets lives. How fast would his neighborhood run him out of town? Only the shadow knows!
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