Bronstein plan won’t just affect housing
When the Bronstein Apartments were created, there was a lot of thought that went into a plan of providing access to critical services for the families who live there. Bronstein is surrounded by community agencies who all share the common goal – helping families in need.
At Bronstein, the residents have access to the Nashua Soup Kitchen and Shelter, state and local welfare offices, Head Start, the PAL Center, the Boys and Girls Club, missions, translation services and much more.
While the promises of relocating families into equal or better apartments is noble, we cannot forget the community resources that many of these families may become separated from when they move.
I am not opposed to the city’s proposal to take down the Bronstein Apartments. However, I would caution that a project of this magnitude has to be carefully thought out. After all, anything worth doing should be done well.
Some of these questions we need to answer include whether the children who are affected will be forced to change schools – especially from those schools that have Title 1 or English Language Learners services?
Will families still have access to the meals at the Soup Kitchen on days or times when the city bus is not available?
Will mental health services still be readily available to those who can’t drive across town?
The Bronstein Apartments are part of community system. We need to be very careful if we as a city decide to change part of that system.