I support siting of the proposed combined services homeless shelter at the Second Street site downtown. I respectfully differ with Commissioner Anne Schuster's perception that "Nobody wants this thing." She may be listening to the vocal few who are resisting this site. A thoughtful group of providers of services to the homeless along with several nonprofits and a wide representation of our faith traditions have been working on the homeless issue for years. More importantly, they have addressed very intentionally a site which would provide a variety of services all in one location. Hopefully, it will include showers and laundry facilities along with restrooms. Having it downtown will allow easier monitoring and intervention of "inappropriate" behaviors.
I feel strongly that the majority of the community I'm listening to is strongly supportive of the downtown site. We have a moral imperative to support and provide restorative answers to the problem of homelessness. As a community of creative and compassionate people, we can step up to the plate and do this.
For those of you who saw the documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG,” after she argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for the admission of women to the Virginia Military Institute, she told the resistant alumni, "Just wait. In the years to come, these women will make you proud." That has certainly played out. How about giving the downtown site the same opportunity to prove the doubters wrong?
Corvallis (July 12)