‘A travesty of compassion’


The Homeless Philosopher

See the letter-to-the-editor of the Daily Camera here. Copied below in its brevity:

One hundred sixty beds at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless and 1,600 “unique individuals” with no priority given to those who have struggled to survive here for years? They’re called residents,even if homeless! What is being proposed in the Daily Camera article “Boulder City Council supports year-round use of homeless shelter” is a travesty of compassion.

Unless Boulder’s powers-that-be show some gumption and require valid photo ID with a Boulder County address and proof of at least one year’s residency here, the 160 available beds at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless will have a majority of transients (and/or registered sex offenders, another issue nobody wants to face up to) from outside of Boulder County (and some from other states) filling them. And where, pray tell, does Councilman Aaron Brockett think the 1,440 “unique individuals” who fail to get a bed in the shelter will be hanging out? I live in that neighborhood, too, since early 2008 — and I know that many of the worst-behaved transients will remain there; others will continue to overrun Pearl Street Mall, Boulder Creek Path, various city parks, our main library, University Hill, etc.

The City Council is living in a rainbows and unicorns fantasy regarding homelessness, just as they are with municipalization.

Letting these characters lie around both night and day in their shelter bunks is ludicrous; when the Homeless Philosopher has proposed keeping BSH open as a homeless people’s day center, with access to many different services under that one roof, he meant it should be available to all homeless people on a walk-up basis. And certainly, providing bus tickets for transients to return to their own counties in Colorado or to other states would be a big part of what is offered in ideal circumstances.

Max R. Weller


(E-mailed to Boulder City Council.)

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