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Aleita Hass-Holcombe’s quote in the Nov. 16 Gazette-Times that "everybody behaved well" at the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center when it was located on Second Street, is fanciful and completely misleading. The Corvallis Fire Department was called to the riverfront path at Western, down the block from the center on Second, on two Saturdays when some of the its clients who had been congregating and camping there started fires that encroached on the multiuse path and endangered neighboring buildings and the many people using that path. Is this the kind of good behavior that Ms. Hass-Holcombe is talking about?

Or, is she referring to the "good" behavior of her clientele when she operated the Corvallis Daytime Drop-In Center at First Christian Church opposite Central Park for 10 years; behaviors such as littering hazardous material on a large scale, aggressive panhandling and harassment, and illegal camping -- beehaviors that made Central Park a danger to families, children and the elderly.

Now, Ms. Hass-Holcombe is planning to locate the Drop-In Center on Fourth Street downtown immediately adjacent to several restaurants, businesses and homes. She was offered the opportunity to co-locate the center at the current site of the Men’s Cold Weather Shelter, (the old Hansen Tire Factory building) a site better suited and with a buffer between it and neighboring residents and businesses. But she refused this offer and instead insists on moving into the downtown site despite (and in spite of) neighborhood concerns. Funders of the center: Take a close look at Ms. Hass-Holcombe’s judgment and leadership.

Terri Homer

Corvallis (Nov. 16)

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