‘Jeff Schulz: Boulder’s approach to homelessness’

— MRW

Read the letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its entirety:

I saw where a concerned resident recently had the temerity to comment in this fine publication that the homeless situation in north Boulder is out of control. Since she’ll never hear from the city, I wanted to offer her an explanation: First, her concern doesn’t fit Boulder’s standard “compassion” narrative and is therefore irrelevant and can be ignored. Furthermore, when the city says it is concerned about “safety,” that only applies when fear can be used to justify higher taxes for things like new fire stations. It does not apply to keeping her family safe from out-of-town sex predators. The background here is that City Council’s definition of fiscal responsibility is to make sure it spends its $350 million in the most inefficient way possible and request more funds every election. To help achieve these laudable goals, a large array of local homeless nonprofits are handed softball contracts where they are not responsible for actually reducing homelessness, but only for producing reports that use terms like “cross-cultural collaborations,” “representative stakeholder partnerships,” and “mission-focused outcomes.” In fact, this ingenious system is designed so that the proper combination of meaningless terms are keys that open the city’s treasury for another round of expensive complete failure contracts the following year.

Therefore, there is no motivation to actually reduce the number of homeless in town, but rather to be able to sound the most extreme at the next national convention of city officials and to keep the “compassion” gravy train going for connected insiders. Unfortunately, as the out-of-town transients unleash their dysfunction on the city’s residents, people like the uninformed letter-writer are advised that they should stop worrying about the safety of their family and focus on solving national-level problems. I hope this synopsis assists her and any other skeptics fall in line.

Jeff Schulz

Boulder 

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