I agree, the Housing First concept to address chronic homelessness does allow flexibility in how our city addresses homelessness by offering some kind stability to people who have mental and/or physical disabilities along with drug and/or alcohol abuse issues.
I appreciate that the Boulder Housing Partners have pulled back their plans for the project at 1175 Lee Hill Road and decided to have the city council weigh in on whether there should be a new criteria set for the location of Housing First units.
It’s encouraging to read some council members would like to a “good neighbor plan” about transitional housing projects. The nearby neighborhoods should be allowed to have a say and their voices need to be heard.
In my opinion, the Housing First complex is NOT just like any other apartment complex and it does need to have regulations addressed. Don’t new housing projects need to meet the city’s request to help fund services for a local neighborhood and provide affordable units? How will the Housing First 31-unit complex accomplish this?
Betsey Martens stated: “ There’s not an unlimited supply of willing landlords who will rent to people who have no income.” So the people living in the Housing First building are using taxpayer’s money to fund everything (land, building costs, etc.) along with most of their monthly rent. We live in a democracy and the citizens should have a say in how our tax money is being used.
Betsey Martens also said: “There isn’t any neighborhood that will welcome this project with open arms.” I was not surprise by her comment.
What other locations did the BHP review for this project? North Boulder doesn’t have very many services near by like areas around Arapahoe and Foothills (ex: the Peloton has two unused building shells) or 19th and Pearl Street.
As a resident of North Boulder I am not opposed to providing services for Boulder’s homeless population but being told after the fact the BHP owns the land and has the right to build what they want with no lack of public process or city council approve just didn’t sit well with me so I’m glad an open dialog has began. BHP needs to remember it is a non-profit organization and my taxes support their projects and pays their salaries.