THE BRONX - Wakefield's cheap properties have been attracting organizations wanting to build homeless shelters and low-income housing, but those plans have drawn criticism from neighbors.

An empty lot on White Plains Road may soon be home to HIV/AIDS patients. Just blocks away, Project Renewal is looking to turn a building on Bronx Boulevard into a homeless shelter, while another non-for-profit group wants to turn a nearby lot into a shelter for battered women and children.

There are also plans to transform Muller Army Home into a veterans' shelter.

Neighbor Mary Lauro is worried because the proposed housing centers are so close to one another.

"Who is going to want to buy a house where they are surrounded by homeless shelters?" she says.