By Letter to the Editor on February 20, 2020.
A just society cares for the weak, including the homeless. Our city is now going to benefit from $11 million to assist in housing some of those homeless.
Given our economy, this may be a rare gift and so should be used for maximum impact. We have existing local organizations doing an excellent job in housing many people in transition at reasonable costs. Their expertise can be tapped to maximize the good we can do with these funds.
How do we justify spending $250,000 per person just for the physical facility? We must aspire to better than this. Have the planners consulted our local organizations for what they could provide for this kind of dollar? Have they sought proposals from them, or bid the services the facility will provide? Though other services may be provided at the facility, I hope we are not trading “beds” for “offices.”
For the sake of the homeless, I hope our politicians will treat this opportunity seriously to shelter as many as possible, for the money to be spent tapping into the expertise of those who are even now caring for the needy.