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SMOC Covering Up House Of Horrors On Dayton Street While Making Millions From The State

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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:

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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.

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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:

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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!!!

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This is shit stains’ room:


And this is how SMOC covers up their bullshit:


Problem solved!!

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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18 Comment(s)
  • August 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Same things happening in Northridge Massachusetts smoc housing and knowing they continuously getting away with it!

  • Im not a doctor, but...
    May 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    “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.”

    This sentence is so wrong it’s laughable. Even the most basic Google search would inform anyone that nonprofits are required to disclose salary information in their Federal Form 990.

    Nice journalism. Bashing nonprofits is always a low hanging fruit.

  • Juniper
    May 22, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Several years ago I worked as a Residential Manager for a Property out in Framingham. SMOC funds a lot of people in housing due to Fair Housing. Each Month I would open checks from them for the covered portion. $85k-$100 K . Meanwhile people are running around there in new cars, not working or screaming threatening to kill me. SMOC pays their employees very little and they have to put up with a lot.

  • February 18, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Harm reduction will never work. The old recovery statement is if nothing changes, nothing changes.As a former employee of the 25 Queen St.facility I can tell you the issues on Queen St are worse than at 701 Main St. If you don’t treat the issue the problems just keep multiplying. The city is in a tough position because when it comes to the homeless population they are the only game in town. CHL should step in they seem to have a better handle on this situation. There has to be government invesigation on this whole organization in Worcester. I can tell you the recovery houses they own in Framingham has decent success when it comes to recovery. It is actually a little better than the national average. The Bridge house and yarcm have recovery aids set in place to assist the residents in these programs On staff counseling and recovery groups going into the facilities and put on meetings to aid these young people in these programs.Jayde and Maria should take a good look at these 2 houses and emulate their success. Oh by the way it starts with detox not housing

  • BobnMic
    January 31, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Sarcastic with that second to last sentence. I read it afterward and said, “what?” But overall I think my stance on this topic is understood.

  • BobnMic
    January 31, 2016 at 2:02 am

    You nailed it “Sterling Turtle Rider.” The weird part is that they thought they ( Dukakis ) were going to save money with Deinstitutionalization but the costs of a revolving door system, aka P.I.P. Shelter (or people in peril ) did not save money but made our communities worse and crime accelerated. Such a stupid idea.

    Psychiatric Institutionalization versus the revolving door of a P.I.P. shelter costs the taxpayers no matter what. However, It’s much cheaper to go with a P.I.P. shelter. You only need muscle and not a collegiate professional that can treat as opposed to enable. Insanity thinking from local government leaders like never before.

  • Sterling Turtle Rider
    January 31, 2016 at 1:27 am

    As an mental health worker in the city, I have heard from dozens of people who refuse to be placed there simply because it is filthy, dangerous, and almost 100% guaranteed to lead to a relapse. Deinstitutionalization has lead to this disgusting system that keeps people stuck in a revolving door at every hospital, shelter, halfway house, and program until they burn all their bridges, unless of course they die before that.
    It is a game of Russian roulette that is sanctioned by the state, simply because ‘forcing’ people into long term facilities and holding them there is somehow morally worse. Is it any wonder they’re scraping people off the streets dead daily from this drug epidemic?

  • Dm
    January 30, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    The state ought to make it that SMOC directors should live in these buildings for a good year. Maybe then we might see some improvements.

  • Jeff
    January 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Did some finish work at this place a couple years back when they had just moved people in and there were needles and bottles all over the property

  • bird
    January 30, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Can I rent a house, load it up with crack heads , and bill the state? I am looking for a way to make easy money legally and this sounds great! What a scam, sounds better than running a charter school, as there is some accountability in running a charter school.

  • BobnMic
    January 29, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    The City of Worcester does not help people in peril. They ENABLE them to continue to do the very thing that got them there in the first place. And then our so-called leaders can somehow look the other way when the bell rings to go home at the end of their work day. Absolutely pathetic and inhumane toward real live human beings that need real help because they cannot help themselves.

    Reverse Deinstitutionalization and bring back Psychiatric Institutionalization. A hot political topic these days are Mental Health issues. Check out how things were before Governor Michael Dukakis put all drug addicts, alcoholics and other forms of Mental Illness out of institutions, onto the streets to enter a revolving door system call the P.I.P. shelter thus enabling those people that cannot help themselves rather than treat them. What a total cluster…

  • January 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Sounds about right..I’ve been sober for 2 yrs And it’s the same shit at a lot of these sober house’s. .literally there’s a guy here who’s lived on every floor. Has shit on the kitchen floor , he is constantly stealing from people here …has tried to poison his roommate with rat poison..and is a lvl whatever.R.S. O. His name is Joe B. and the only reason he still lives here..He collects SSI..and his rent is guaranteed.So they..The sober house director and the house mngr give this guy… Who obviously needs 24hr supervision at Bridgewater state mental hospital a pass..It’s all about the $$$$ son..not recovery or those who are actually doing the right thing in recovery well being.

  • pbhn
    January 29, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Any turtle riders in a position to / have interest in look into Jeffrey Nichols as an employee or tenant? Sounds as if he’d make a great property manager for any landlord turtles out there in need of one!

  • Wabbitt
    January 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I think Brenda just figured out her next scam.

  • January 29, 2016 at 4:36 pm


    • BobnMic
      January 30, 2016 at 1:32 am

      I know TurtleBoy something’s been going on that last couple of days with WordPress.com. I went to check out Barstools Sports Boston yesterday and I got into a loop that I could not get out of saying that I have contracted a malware virus and that I had to call this 885-whatever number which I knew was all bullshit. Finally got out of that with Task Manager (ctrl, alt, delete). Then end the task on the explorer tab after clicking on it.

      Here on TBSports, the WordPress.com will not allow you to open the website initially put eventually will on refresh. Also more often than not messages sent in the comments section do not go through. Just an FYI from a fan on this end.

      • Lala
        March 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

        BobnMic…I have been getting thatloop too call that number for a couple weeks now. Ran AVG found nothing, DL’ed Mcafee and scanned, nothing….But just got the pop-up two days ago. Not sure what wordpress is.

  • Worcester Rider
    January 29, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Maybe a similar establishment should be sited next door to Edwina Augustus’s pink palace in Millis.

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