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I agree. To make the roads safer they should impound (and crush) any vehicles not safe for the roads or that have things loosely tied to the roof. Also vehicles should be impounded if the owners don’t have insurance to cover any damage if they are in an accident.
Actually I called The Utah Housing and Community Development Division and though you don’t have to be ‘clean’ to get housed under the housing first plan, you do have to follow their rules of conduct which prohibit substance abuse. And due to this at present just over 6% of people are evicted within the first few months.
They were clear to point out that these are not ‘wet houses’ and were for all types of chronic homeless issues.
Just to be clear. There are no ‘wet houses’ or government funded housing that allows substance abuse in Utah. There is housing for homeless, but they have strict rules.
I think what they have at Urness is a bad idea. Give them the housing, but ban the substance/alcohol abuse or at least treat it.
There are no helping some people unfortunately. Maybe their actions are only going to lead to the inevitable and by interfering all we are doing is delaying that.
That sounds really horrible, there has to be a better solution for people that can’t help themselves. We should not pay for such a service where we allow substance abuse.
So Urness House is actually costing the city more money to treat homelessness than before? Who would have though that enabling people to abuse themselves in a city funded place wouldn’t be more of a strain on emergency services.
Very sad really. Maybe it should be a house where (not a prison) people are locked up and treated to get of substances and go cold turkey?
Total waste of money
Parking over the last few years has become a real problem in Ballard especially in the evenings. Anyone wanting to head over to eat at any of the restaurants better be prepared to drive around a few times looking for a spot!
Both interesting reads ‘great idea’ and sad in a lot of respects.
I do agree with a lot of what the sweet guy said as well. Location should be a big factor, it shouldn’t be where it would negatively effect other businesses, or for that matter near residences where people pay ridiculous property taxes to live in a ‘nice’ area.
I know NIMBY has been painted as a negative term, but you have to take in to consideration those who are in debt with banks on a mortgage for a property that now has decreased in value due to a new development.
It is rarely that one of our council members vote for something on the doorstep of where they live!
It’s a real tough thing the whole homeless situation, but there has to be a better solution than what is being employed in Ballard today. I was at one meeting last year when numbers for Bellevue Homeless were released and someone declared that they had solved the problem! Of course all they have done is zoned areas and provide no services at all (in fact there is only one shelter listed which I think is gone now) and all the services they give are based in Seattle and Ballard (see http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/cgi-bin/id/shelter.cgi?shelter=14206)
Unfortunately it is a fact that the more services you have, the more people will come from miles away, it’s just like how people migrate to where there are jobs or a better life.
The parking in Ballard is ridiculous! It is also annoying that the parking attendants don’t ticket the camper vans near the library, but will ticket everyone else.
I’ve no idea how much Urness House is saving/costing, but almost everyday I see either a fire engine or ambulance there.
Instead of building (and funding) more things just for the homeless population, can’t we perhaps buy tokens or credits for them to use facilities that are already available to everyone? There are many motels available with rooms, there are places to do laundry etc.
I’m sure those businesses would be happy for the work, and also it would only be funded by those who want to help solve the problem, rather than leaving a bad taste in the mouths of those who don’t want to help.
Just my 2 cents