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To Tell or Not to Tell

To Tell or Not to Tell

Secrecy or Transparency in Group Home Sitings

(p.158) 6 To Tell or Not to Tell
Below the Radar
Alison L. Gash
Oxford University Press

To contend with frequent and unyielding NIMBY responses to group home siting plans, group home operators and advocates have devised a number of strategies. Some argue that the best cure for group home opposition is early, frequent, and ongoing communication with zoning officials and neighbors. Transparency and deliberation builds trust and brokers conciliation. Others argue that public engagement serves only one purpose—to prematurely tip off the opposition. Still others take a middle-of-the-road approach, where they attempt to act in good faith while avoiding policies of full disclosure. Chapter 6 explores this divide within the group home community and the mechanics and consequences of high- and low-visibility advocacy for group home residents.

Keywords:   group home, disability, NIMBY, zoning, collaborative, stealth, notification

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