Omni House plans to open facility to house elderly in Glen Burnie GLEN BURNIE

January 21, 1993|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Staff Writer

Omni House Inc., a nonprofit rehabilitation program for the mentally ill, is planning to open a facility in Glen Burnie for senior citizen clients.

Omni House has filed an application with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to finance construction of a 12-unit condominium building in the Oakleaf Villas subdivision at 301 Juneberry Way. The building would house 24 mentally ill senior citizens.

For the application for state money to be approved, a resolution approving the land use must be passed by the County Council. The resolution will be voted on at the council's Feb. 1 meeting.

Similar resolutions were introduced to approve the acquisition of one housing unit in Annapolis by Bello Machre, Inc., and one unit in Severna Park by Alternative Living, Inc.

Councilman George F. Bachman, D-Linthicum, said he met recently with local political leaders and Omni House officials to discuss the project and it was received positively. "We've got to put these people somewhere," Mr. Bachman said. "So far I haven't heard any opposition whatsoever."

Omni House has been under fire in recent months for two well-publicized incidents involving its clients that led to a state investigation into its operations. In August, an Omni client, who once had been charged with child sexual assault, was forced by police to undergo a psychiatric examination after he allegedly offered neighborhood boys money to accompany him into nearby woods.

A month later, an Omni client walked away from a day program and into the Bank of Glen Burnie, where he held 11 people captive for four hours until he was shot by a police officer. The state investigation, completed in October, found the program did not violate state regulations. The program was not penalized.

The Omni House program has about 60 people living in apartments in the county, including the Americana Southdale complex in Pasadena and Cromwell Fountain Apartments in Glen Burnie.

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