MILWAUKEE -- Neighbors on Uncas Avenue say they don't want sex offenders moving into the neighborhood. Milwaukee County officials have contracted a rehab facility for the mentally ill as they integrate back into society. Two of those who will be living at the home are registered sex offenders -- and that's not sitting well with neighbors.
Some of those neighbors showed up Wednesday, December 9th as the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors met.
Some of those supervisors themselves say the problem isn't just who will live at the home -- but also, the fact that they got no say in the matter.
"I don`t want sex offenders living next to my children," one neighbor said.
"We`ve been lied to from the very beginning," Selena Randow said.
Neighbors expressed concern before the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors meeting -- but supervisors essentially said their hands are tied.
"We can't affect this contract. We can't affect who`s placed there. We can't affect anything about it," Jason Haas, Milwaukee County supervisor said.
The mental health rehabilitation facility on Uncas Avenue was built by a private company contracted through the Milwaukee County Mental Health Board.
"It's the law. These individuals deserve to live in the community -- and when they do that again, the research shows that they'll have better outcomes," Hector Colon, director of the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services said.
Neighbors, supervisors and state representatives say what they're upset about is that two of the proposed patients are registered sex offenders, and they say they weren't told about that until two weeks ago.
"He has taken this issue and made it look like we are the ones that are fighting disabled people, people with mental illness coming into this community. We are not! That is not what this issue is about! This issue is about the fact that this community back in May was lied to," Rep. Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) said.
"I have not lied to anybody. I have to make sure anything I say adheres to the law and also ensures the privacy and protection of the clients we serve," Colon said.
The little information that can be provided is the fact that the two sex offenders in question are not child sex offenders, or violent sex offenders.
But still, those living nearby say they're worried for the future of their neighborhood.