North Houston neighborhood calls for Salvation Army to move locations
HOUSTON – At Tuesday's city council meeting, the Salvation Army on North Main Street was the topic of conversation.
Residents are concerned about crime and quality of life and they're pointing the finger at the Salvation Army.
"It's no coincidence that the man charged with the murder of Josue Flores was found at the Salvation Army," one person said.
Andre Jackson is the man charged with Flores' slaying.
The boy was stabbed multiple times while walking home from school. Police arrested Jacskon at the neighborhood's Salvation Army, just a few blocks away from where the crime happened.
"The Salvation Army draws these people into the neighborhood," another person said. "All of you would like what's best for your kids. We're no different. I'm here to speak on behalf of my community."
Petra Olvera not only spoke to city counil, she started an online petition. Olvera wants the Salvation Army moved out of the neighborhood.
So far, she has more than 1,300 signatures.
"As a mother, I don't want my children to live in fear and to see the things they see - its not right." Olvera said. "I see them doing drugs, exposing themselves in public. They roam the streets at night and steal from you."
In a statement, the Salvation Army told Channel 2:
"We are aware of the petition. We are also meeting with community leaders and elected officials to be responsive to the input of our neighbors, while continuing to help those who seek shelter and assistance. We remain true to our 150-year-old mission of helping those in need without discrimination."