DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY, STOP THE TRANSIENT MIGRATION TO BOULDER, CO!
By Max R. Weller
Assuming I didn’t inadvertently run over the 300-word limit for a letter-to-editor, this should appear on the DC’s website and in print this weekend:
In response to Susan Stephens and others here in Boulder who will mourn the loss of Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow and Bridge House’s Day Shelter and Resource Center (all will close on May 1st, as will the emergency overnight dorms at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless), let me speak as a homeless man who has lived in Boulder, CO since early 2008: I couldn’t care less! I stopped going to Carriage House in early 2009, have never been to the renamed Bridge House, have never stayed overnight at BOHO, and since early 2010 only visit Boulder Shelter for the Homeless in the mornings for a shower (which I could take at the North Boulder Rec Center if BSH were to also close).
Although BOHO and Carriage House / Bridge House may have been started with the best of intentions, in the past couple of years they have become little more than magnets for the worst-behaved transients from all across America.
Two things must happen: 1) Boulder City Council must commit itself to taking a more hands-on approach to the issue of homelessness by heeding the concerns of the majority of Boulderites who oppose the transient migration to our city; and 2) Local nonprofits must prioritize homeless shelter / services for those in need who are from Boulder County (requiring a valid photo ID with a local address and proof of at least one year’s residency would be a great start). Any nonprofit which refuses to get on board should have all funding from city taxpayers cut off.
Max R. Weller
(This post e-mailed to Boulder City Council.)