Homeless shelter location rejected

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"...city Planning Commission voted 4-2 Monday to deny its request for a conditional-use permit, citing what they called a lack of detailed operational plans and residents' overwhelming concerns about the neighborhood's safety."

I'm a scientist so I try to make data driven decisions. This is a small town with about 20,000 people. I didn't go to the meeting, but I doubt that there was any data to support that the homeless people likely to stay here presented a threat to the neighbors.

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RelaxTheMind

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I think that people need to ask themselves what kind of community they want to have.

Do they want a community that reaches out to those in need, or do they want a community that rejects them.

I'm a conservative/libertarian by the way, not a bleeding heart liberal. I do believe strongly in the golden rule though.

ive worked soup kitchens as well as been friend to a few people that have become homeless. there are a majority that have a mindset that think the world owes them something for being part of the statistic. abuse of government aid and "friend/family" aid. for some its just a case of bad luck and bad desicions.

That being said im probably being pretty biased based on past experiences.
 
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I think that most have us have had bad or luck or made bad decisions. We're just fortunate that ours haven't resulted in us being homeless.

Out of curiosity I drove by the property. It's in a lower midle class area. The house is for sale and is a little run down, but not more so than other houses nearby. There are a lot of aprtment buildings. My guess is that the landlords are afraid that that it could afffect the rentability/rents of their apartments.
 

shortylickens

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Rich liberals have worse NIMBY than any other group. I'll bet 2 bits they were the ones who wanted this shelter.
 

Kanalua

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Don't cities have places that would be more "acceptable" to the homeless? Here in Honolulu, there is a homeless shelter in a pier warehouse. In a industrial area, where there is absolutely no residential areas near-by. Takes care of the "safety" issue while still providing a homeless shelter. The state even changed the food preparation laws so that food distributed to the public doesn't have to be prepared in "certified" state approved kitchens to help facilitate charitable meal preparation for the homeless. Of course there is a crap load of homeless here, living anywhere they can.

For example, this is a typical homeless apartment built on the sidewalk on the outskirts of downtown:

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SarcasticDwarf

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I think that most have us have had bad or luck or made bad decisions. We're just fortunate that ours haven't resulted in us being homeless.

Out of curiosity I drove by the property. It's in a lower midle class area. The house is for sale and is a little run down, but not more so than other houses nearby. There are a lot of aprtment buildings. My guess is that the landlords are afraid that that it could afffect the rentability/rents of their apartments.

Hmm, another person from Rapids. I think I went to school (UWO) with half of that town:D
 
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