I wish I didn’t need to send this update. I wish our Council would focus on our City’s Mission Statement: “A safe place to raise a family, an ideal location for business, and a premier place to live.”
This is simply NOT what we’ve been focused on.
First, the big elephant in the room: the Council is supporting a low-barrier shelter blocks away from the University and in the heart of student housing. Low-barrier means you can arrive drunk, high, incoherent, etc. and you will be welcomed. The fact that the Jesus Center and Safe Space (overall good organizations) had the audacity to propose this shelter, in this location, shows you just how far our Council has swayed away from our mission.
For years we worked on consolidating services (and locations) and increasing accountability. Now we’re willing to drop no-accountability shelters next to the City’s largest economic driver. Luckily, University President Hutchinson wrote a letter of opposition to the location. It remains to be seen whether the Council will listen. I urge you all to pay close attention to this situation, speak to your neighbors and friends about this, and make sure the Council hears/reads your opinion about this. In case you want to hear my extended thoughts about this issue, click on the link below to watch/listen to my comments.