COLUMBUS — Members of the Quality Group Homes Subcommittee of Youngstown Housing Task Force traveled to Columbus to attend the license revocation hearing Feb. 27 for three state-licensed group homes known as Faith Temple Community Outreach Homes, operated by Alfreda Atkins.
The state has initiated the process of revoking the operator’s licenses, citing a pattern of noncompliance, including many issues with living conditions in the homes and lack of required staffing and documentation for both staff and residents.
Members of the task force also visited the offices of state Reps. Michele Lepore-Hagan of Youngstown and Don Manning of New Middletown and state Sen. Michael Rulli of Salem, urging them to take legislative action to strengthen controls that will prevent neglect and abuse in state-licensed residential facilities.
A full recording of the Alfreda Atkins license revocation hearing is available here.
The Youngstown Housing Task Force is a coalition of residents, faith leaders and concerned citizens who take collective action to ensure that all people in Youngstown have safe, fair and quality housing. The task force became aware of housing quality issues related to these homes when its Quality Group Homes Subcommittee conducted a review of public records associated with group homes from across the city in 2019, according to a news release.
In September, members of the task force submitted a formal complaint to the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services citing ongoing noncompliance and suspected neglect at the homes as documented in public records.