Danbury must make the safety of its children the number 1 priority and do everything to ensure their safety in their homes, local schools, parks and surrounding communities within walking distance of the megashelter located at 3 Lake Avenue Extension, Danbury, CT.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more about the history of the Danbury Mega Shelter and how to help!
During COVID, Danbury began utilizing 3 Lake Avenue Ext (the former Super 8 Motel) as a megashelter and the city plans to continue this use under private management moving forward.
We desire an independent service to assess the negative impact and danger to the children in the surrounding communities.
The current use and future proposed rezoning is detrimental to the safety of our children, as well as the local community and businesses, if allowed to happen.
The volume of police and fire department engagement at the address and surrounding areas has increased daily with sexual assaults, drug overdoses, prostitution, and burglaries since the temporary use of this facility was granted as a shelter,
The proximity to multiple local elementary schools, and several neighborhoods is of grave concern.
For more information and detail on how the Exit 4 Mega Shelter arrived in Danbury, read below!
We are fortunate to live in a city that has incredible resources already accessible to those in need. Prior to the Mega Shelter even being considered, Danbury had over 87 homeless and transitional beds available to men, women, children and veterans in need. This, in addition to almost a dozen food pantries and agencies staffed by professionals and committed to successful transitions, is a substantial commitment to supporting those in our community needing assistance.
The motion to change zoning was denied during the regular Zoning Commission meeting on November 23, 2021. THANK YOU for the community's support!!
Additional meetings and hearings will be posted as needed.
Unfortunately there is limited information available from the city and state regarding the proposed zoning change and long term plans for this facility. Here are the most recent articles and a link to the latest Zoning meeting if you are interested in learning more:
Dec. 21, 2022: Governor Lamont Issues Declaration Enabling
Sept. 28 Zoning Commission Meeting: https://youtu.be/Vqu3WWwJ2rI
Nov. 9 Zoning Commission Meeting: https://youtu.be/dvYIiB2IQv8
Nov. 16 Zoning Commission Special Meeting: https://youtu.be/EzC5RISoSYE
Nov. 23 Zoning Commission Regular Meeting & Vote: https://youtu.be/fpAh4hnGJtM
09/30/2021 WLAD Article
09/30/2021 News-Times Article
11/10/2021 WLAD Article
11/18/2021 News-Times Article
11/24/2021 News-Times Article: Danbury Homeless Shelter Plan Rejected