Exeter Homeless Center Fight Taken to State Supreme Court

Jan 22, 2016


NH State Supreme Court
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Residents of a neighborhood in Exeter have taken their fight to block a homeless assistance center from relocating into the area to the New Hampshire Supreme Court.

The Portsmouth Herald reports residents along Exeter Farms Road and Hunter Place say that property values of their homes would diminish and their safety would be jeopardized if the Seacoast Family Promise facility moved into their neighborhood.

A Rockingham County judge ruled against the neighbors in a December decision. They sued the town of Exeter over the Zoning Board of Adjustment's ruling to allow SFP's relocation to a residence on Hampton Road.

An attorney representing the neighbor group says the ZBA unlawfully determined that the center was a "community building."

A notice of appeal to the Supreme Court was filed Jan. 20.