Update: Talks continue over homeless shelter

Update: Pastor Steve Grumm says the talks continue with SHARE to house the homeless shelter at Calvary Lutheran Church.

The SeattlePI.com reported Sunday night, which we originally linked from this post, that Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church has decided not to host a nighttime SHARE homeless shelter at Calvary Lutheran Church. The PI said that decision was made after SHARE/WHEEL refused to conduct sex offender background checks on its members, which was demanded by many neighbors at an emotional public forum held in February. But Pastor Grumm tells My Ballard that no final decision has been made.

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Mindy
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Mindy

Did anyone attend the homeless forum tonight at Trinity United Methodist Church?
If so, how did it turn out?

Just pay you taxes and shut up
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Just pay you taxes and shut up

See? They had something to hide. No sex offender checks = no shelter for you. Its common sense. If you detest Ballard, go back to Haight Asbury

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Thank you Geeky Swedes for letting us know.
snufffilm…to not require responsibility, like in choosing an irresponsible handle, is like leaving this community to deal with the result. That's not acceptable.
Sorry that you find that to be 'simple minded', but perhaps you're looking in the mirror?

Black Helicopter Operations
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Black Helicopter Operations

Mission Accomplished

Now, to shut down the car campground and get rid of the rest of the Meth Heads in Bergen Park and 7 11. Keep it up folks. This is good vs evil

Plain and simple

snufffilm
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snufffilm

When your IQ surpasses your shoe size, them maybe I will entertain the thought of actually considering your blathering.

snufffilm
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snufffilm

Another simple minded idiot. Ballard is the joke of Seattle.

Black Helicopter Operations
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Black Helicopter Operations

The peoeple have spoken. We are creating a “New Order” for Ballard.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

hmmm…so you're saying he has big feet?
It must be so!

snufffilm
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snufffilm

retard

snufffilm
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snufffilm

I hate this dismal community of lily white douche bags. Why would I want to be around them? A bunch of semi educated and boring wastes of breath. You will live, you will die, and nothing you have done will matter in the end. You will not be remembered. You are void.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

lol…you have quite the argument there…dunno what to say…
…you need a public intellectual?…lol
I love a good laugh….rotflmao…

Mondoman
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Mondoman

My guess is that this “s” is really some kind of bot. Notice the limited vocab and lack of topical response to the content of posts. The GS need to implement an “ignore list” as found on many boards, so we don't even have to see such posts.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

thanks for the pep talk
We love this community. You, clown, need to find the door.

snufffilm
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snufffilm

I am most definitely a wise ass, and have only started.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

ended…

Jules
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Jules

What kind of handle is “snuff film” anyway? That says something about this person. Nasty. He says “Chopper only loves this community as long as everyone is employed, housed, normal, white, pays their taxes, watches the right amount of TV, brushes their teeth thrice daily, manicures their lawn, washes their car, has the right amount of pets of the correct kind, reads the right books that are socially acceptable, votes correctly, and for the love of god recycles.”

Well, I love this communkity and I am all in favor of having Ballard populated by law-abiding taxpayers who recycle and mow their lawns. Methinks one of the vagrants living in RVs down by Bad Albert has wi-fi.

I am pleased with this decision; Calvery Lutheran is right in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Since SHARE won't provide background checks for sex offenders, the a priori deduction is that they did have a plan to house sex offenders in our neighorhood. So, I would have to agree; yes, I want “normal” people living in this neighorhood, if normal means “not a sex offender.”

BTW, “snuff film”, you are free to leave at any time.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Thanks neighbor.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

and the Swedes

Bark more, Wag Less
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Bark more, Wag Less

Good bye Share/Wheel, don't let the door hit you on the a** on the way out of Ballard.

Shane Dillon
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Shane Dillon

I went to the public forum last night and it was much better organized than previous ones held. They had an editor from 'Real Change' and the pastor there talking about his experiences with the homeless.I think everyone one agrees homelessness is becoming a greater problem, but in the end, no answers were given to solve the problem. There were overall comments thrown about like' change the system' 'change society' 'government doesn't work' and all that crap. But few agreed with the host that we needed to relax the criminal system and not incarcerate so many.A shelter doesn't really help in the long term, what people need are jobs. Somebody did point out that Ballard was mostly residential, and everyone here pretty much commutes somewhere else to work, so there aren't many jobs.People did raise concerns about safety, and the foodbank was also bought up. The hosts also pointed out that everyone picture the homeless as one stereotype, crazy drunks. But I did ask about criminal and sex offender checks, and all they said was that some were on a sex offenders list for stupid things and some criminal records were due to petty crimes. That to me means they… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

Why can't some just comment without being vulgar? Brevity IS the soul of wit. The best commedians NEVER swear. Looks like some were hiding facts from us here. Now why would they do that? Are these people stuck for life in the position they put themselves in? Why is it “our problem”? Hasn't the “great society” been a wonderful thing? What do we want Ballard to resemble?

Mymble
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Mymble

RIGHT ON!!

Mymble
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Mymble

I agree!

NWCitizen
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NWCitizen

In the P-I article “Pastor Terry Mattson said neighbors initially resisted, due to worries about sex crimes, panhandling and a drop in their property values. But the shelter moved in anyway, and some neighbors now say things have been fine.”

“”They keep an eye on my business,” said Harold Calkins, who runs a health club next door and often chats with the men while walking his dogs.”

My impression is that the 20 people from the West Seattle shelter are being blamed for the bad behavior of others. In other words, they are being scape goated.

street_urchin
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street_urchin

I agree with you that people need jobs to help get out of homelessness, but many also need help first in order to keep a job. My brother created a non-profit that helps get psychiatric help to the homeless and through that has learned that mental illness is a huge cause of homelessness. Then there are homeless families – where will the children go while the parents work when childcare expenses would take up more than half their income if they're making a low wage? It's such an enormously complex problem. But yeah, access to jobs would help. If I were homeless I would want to stay downtown or somewhere in walking distance to where I could get work and have easier access to day shelters and help.

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