Is it o.k.?
It is our duty,
To embrace the homeless in our community, and help them in any way we can;
And to support projects that try to help the chronically homeless integrate back into our community.
BUT, is it o.k…
That Boulder Housing Partners (BHP) thinks the way to help the chronically homeless,
Is by locating them next to a homeless shelter — and that this will have a positive impact on those trying to turn their life around?
To cluster homeless group facilities in one concentrated location in North Boulder,
Making it difficult to promote the integration of those individuals back into the Boulder community?
That BHP implies litigation under the Fair Housing Act (FHAA),
When the intent of FHAA is to integrate those protected into the broader community, through a policy of deinstitutionalization?
That BHP calls this facility with resources required to help the chronically homeless an “apartment” ,
To get around zoning and planning regulations?
That BHP claims locating this facility across from their offices and the shelter enables them to provide the necessary services,
When the homeless shelter submitted their required management report over a year late and claims there is no reason to have good neighbor meetings because there is no community impact?
That BHP claims extensive public outreach,
When only one large organized meeting was held, attended by over 500 neighbors (with 90% of them opposed to the project)?
That BHP claims to have done extensive site analysis,
When they bought the “convenient” land across from their offices and invented their site analysis after the fact?
That BHP took the City Council to a “successful” Denver facility for the chronically homeless,
But didn’t show them Police and Fire department records (of which there a many!) of the community impact?
None of that feels o.k. to me. My hope is for our City officials to be brave and stand up for what is o.k.
The Lee Hill Project is not o.k. for the population it is intended to serve – and needs to be relocated where the chronically homeless can better integrate into the Boulder community.