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The Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council is an organization that exists to help people in peril. At least that’s what they say they do. In reality they are a multimillion dollar, taxpayer funded organization that does great damage to the community they claim to be helping out.
Ever since the PIP shelter closed at 701 Main Street, SMOC has been buying up property to be used as boarding rooms for the homeless. There is roughly 20 houses in Worcester, and 100 in Worcester County. One house at Newton Square, another on Queen Street, and a third at 26-28 Dayton Street, in the Elm Park neighborhood. We got a hot tip to check out the house on Dayton Street so we did a little Turtleboy investigates. What we discovered was shocking.
This is 26-28 Dayton Street:
This rooming house happens to be in one of the most historic and beautiful parts of Worcester. Before Becker College bought up most of the property, this is where Worcester’s finest and most distinguished set up shot back in Worcester’s hay day. Check out some of these amazing homes:
But over time it’s turned to shit. The area is a high crime part of the city, filled with drug dealers, prostitutes, and addicts. And it certainly doesn’t help that SMOC just dumps more addicts into this rooming house, without any supervision whatsoever. These are some of the rules they list in their occupancy agreement for tenants. Let’s check out rules 2, 3, and 13:
Be peaceful and don’t interfere with anyone else’s right to peace. Keep the house clean including common areas. No drugs or other illegal activities.
Sounds fair right?
The problem of course is that SMOC just randomly throws addicts into these rooming homes without any sort of supervision, or requirements to go to rehab. No prior counseling, drug and alcohol treatment, or mental health evaluations. Nothing. They literally just throw junkies into every room possible and then never deal with them again. Then they give themselves a pat on the back for fixing homelessness. Social Justice Warrior merit badges for everyone! What could possibly go wrong?
SMOC makes money from the state off of every person they assign. Empty rooms are bad for business. But what they end up doing is putting the most vulnerable people in the same house together so they can continue smoking crack and shooting up heroin without any fear or consequences. Oh yea, and the heat is free, so it’s a lot better than getting high on the streets!!
We spoke with a guy named Jeffrey Nichols, who is a tenant at 26-28 Dayton Street. Mr. Nichols is originally from New Bedford and was a black belt in karate before he became addicted to drugs. He spent time on the streets before finally deciding that it was time to get clean. He has been drug free for eight years.
But the problem for Mr. Nichols is that according him, only he and one other tenant are not using drugs. Ya got that? SMOC knows they’re dealing with a vulnerable population, and they surround with more addicts and give them a roof over their head to keep getting high. As a result Mr. Nichols has had his room broken into and had his TV and other property stolen. This is how he keeps his room:
It’s modest and it gets the job done. Mr. Nichols is a clean cut man who works for a living. He was formerly the property manager for 26-28 Dayton Street, but a year ago he was attacked by another tenant who was out of control, high and drunk. In self defense he hit the man as he lunged at him. But because he had extensive training in karate, SMOC told him that this was no acceptable. His fists were essentially a weapon as far as they were concerned, and he was fired as property manager.
Ever since then he’s basically been a thorn in their side. He sees the deplorable conditions around him and complains to the board of health frequently. They almost always concur with him and have filed several reports, but yet nothing gets corrected. There is a tenant two rooms down from him who basically shits wherever he wants to and drags it all around the house: (warning: not safe for lunch)
There is a woman living in one of the rooms who has a crackhead boyfriend, who is specifically banned from the house. Yet the two of them regularly get high in her room and he has been living there for six months.
No one who lives there has a job except for Mr. Nichols. He lives there because he doesn’t make much money, but he has too much pride to collect from the government. The rest of the tenants get their income from SSI checks. We visited the house at 11:00 on a Friday. There were tenants coming and going at will. Generally the plan for the day is to scrounge up a few bucks panhandling, get some dope, and get high.
This is why Tracy Novick is such a horrible, horrible human being. She lives in a tax free home on the West Side of Worcester. She has never spent a day in a neighborhood like this. She has never sat down and had a conversation with an addict, or someone like Mr. Nichols, who has to live amongst them. Yet she still sued the City of Worcester and billed us for her legal fees (over $1 million) in order to overturn the panhandling ordinance. Just an awful, awful person. People like her are the reason that drug users choose not to get clean. Because Tracy Novick makes it easier for them to continue on the path they are on.
We got a hold of police records for calls made to 26-28 Dayton Street from 2013-2015. Here’s the first of many pages:
Over that two year period there were over 50 calls made to this address. The reasons included Ambulance calls, breaking and entering, larceny, harassment, check on the welfare, disorderly person, assault and battery, threats, malicious destruction of property, missing person, and trespassing.
In February of 2015 at SMOC housing on Queen Street, the body of 51 year old tenant Larry Marcil was discovered, after the strong odor became too much for other tenants. He had been dead in his room for three weeks. This happened despite the fact that tenants had called SMOC and had them do a wellness check. When they knocked on his door and he didn’t answer, they left. Case closed. Because as you know, a dead person would’ve obviously answered the door.
But who cares about him right? SMOC obviously doesn’t. He was just another check from the state as far as they were concerned. SMOC is another one of these “non-profits” like Mosaic, who get money from the state because they sound good on paper. After all, what’s not to like about helping the homeless? Their website is all sunshine and smiles, and they ask people to donate money as well. But also on their website they list all the suits:
See all those fancy titles? Executive Director, CFO, Director of Policy, Senior Director, etc. Those are just titles they give themselves so they can justify paying each other ridiculous salaries. We don’t know for sure how much they make, because they’re a non-profit and don’t have to disclose that. But you can bet your bottom dollar that their kids don’t have to go to the Worcester Public Schools.
Speaking of the WPS, Elm Park Community School is literally right around the block from 26-28 Dayton Street. So when kids get out of school there and walk home it’s not at all uncommon to see the tenants moping around like the Walking Dead.
Elm Park, which is the oldest park in the United States and should be one of Worcester’s crowning gems, is also right down the street from 26-28 Dayton Street. But if you’ve been to Elm Park at all in the last few years, you know that it’s not exactly a place where you wanna bring your family. Because where do you think the tenants at 26-28 Dayton go all day? They sit their asses on the benches, get high, and scare away people that wanna actually enjoy the park. If you did happen to walk to the park, you’d have to walk by this first:
Because every day is trash day at 26-28 Dayton Street.
Anyway, Jeffrey Nichols has had enough and called up the board of health yet again about his neighbor who shits everywhere. SMOC workers knew they were coming yesterday so they went into full damage control mode, going through the vagrants rooms and trying to make them presentable. They didn’t appreciate when Mr. Nichols was taking pictures of their cover up:
Oops!!! Like I said, SMOC knew they were coming and started freaking out. The guy who lives in that room has been there for four years and he’s an addict. He directly endangers the health of every other person in that building. The funny part is that when Mr. Nichols was building manager, he accompanied city inspectors several times, and every single time this guy’s pig sty of a room was approved in that condition. Because…fuck it!!!
This is shit stains’ room:
And this is how SMOC covers up their bullshit:
Kerry Nepomuceno is the SMOC property manager who fired Mr. Nichols. Here’s an article from the Telegram in 2006, in which she assures concerned neighbors that 26-28 Dayton Street would have thorough oversight from SMOC:
Kerry Nepomuceno, a SMOC property manager, told questioners the rules of the lodging house. They include no drinking or drug use on the property, no overnight visitors, and mandatory attendance at house meetings. She said she runs Criminal Offender Record Information checks on prospective tenants and will not allow sex offenders, arsonists or violent criminals, in keeping with SMOC policy. SMOC officials acknowledged that there are two Level 3 sex offenders living at 26-28 Dayton St. because SMOC is not evicting previous tenants.
Lie, lie, lie, lie. According to the police report from the incident in which Mr. Nichols was fired, the assailant was drunk and high. Yet he still lives at 26-28 Dayton Street.
Here’s another excerpt from that article:
James T. Cuddy, SMOC executive director, said in May that residents of the Duxbury Road lodging (other SMOC house) house would be free to drink alcohol in their rooms.
Oh good, the Executive Director is allowing the most vulnerable people in society to drink booze in taxpayer funded housing while he collects a seven figure paycheck. I’m sure they’ll drink in moderation. Doesn’t really affect him though right? Not like he has to live in the neighborhood.
So basically we learned that it’s all just a big scam because SMOC buys all these places and they’re exempt from property taxes. Ya know, because they’re a “non-profit.” But the bottom line is, would you wanna live next door to one of these places? Do you want your kids to walk down the street and watch drug dealers and prostitutes conducting business? Well, it doesn’t really matter what you think, because just like with Mosaic, if you pretend that your non-profit is helping the “at risk” population, then social justice warriors and the progressive patrol will back you 110% with unlimited funding. All their friends will be appointed to the board of directors, they’ll never go out of business, and everyone’s a winner.
Everyone except the addicts, sober people living in these houses, and the innocent, law abiding neighbors.
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