Group home to open at 38 Winthrop St.

TAUNTON — A retired Taunton fire captain is transforming a single-family house on Winthrop Street into a group home for people who are homeless — right up the street from another group home he owns.

The City Council unanimously approved a special permit on Tuesday, Aug. 30. for retired fire Captain Robert Bastis Jr. for a group home run by Community Counseling of Bristol County at a property he owns at 38 Winthrop St.

The Council’s approval of a special permit was required because group homes are only allowed to have three units in an office zone under Taunton’s ordinance.

Bastis’s structure will include 11 dwellings, and his attorney John DeSousa said renovations at the former single-family house are underway. 

“Near the main entry, we will have a unit on the left and a unit on the right,” he said during a Council public hearing on Tuesday. “There will be three units across the width of the building on the backside.”

City Council approved a Special Permit on Aug. 30 for a group home at 38 Winthrop St. that will assist homeless people.

DeSousa said the group home would also have six units on the second floor, including four units on the front portion of the building and two units in the rear.  

Community Counseling to manage group home 

Community Counseling of Bristol County Vice-President Ellen Bruder-Moore Ambramowitz said the non-profit agency would manage the group home under an agreement with Bastis. 

“We will work closely with the landlord owner,” she said. “He is dedicated to ending homelessness. Each person (tenant) will sign a lease themselves.”

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