A misguided tactic from rookie councilman Eric Bunch has incited outrage among Northeast Kansas City neighbors.
Remember . . .
Kansas City opened Garrison Community Center to help homeless keep warm but a lack of basic planning and accommodation has created a disaster in this 4th District neighborhood.
Reality check . . .
NORTHEAST RESIDENTS REPORT AN EPIC UPTICK IN CRIME AS THE HOMELESS INFLUX THREATENS HOMEOWNERS!!!
Here's the word as more homeless will flock to the location as temperatures drop again tonight . . .
"This plan has created a nightmare scenario in Northeast and around Columbus Park. We've basically had all of the city's homeless dumped on us. It's not fair. There are homeless in every neighborhood throughout KC but Bunch wouldn't allow this situation in his own backyard.
I feel sorry for these folks but they're also desperate and they're stealing everything in sight and camping out front porches when the center turns them out every morning. It's a mess."
A concern about COVID among this population . . .
"Again, I have sympathy for the homeless. There's a need to keep them safe and warm but this 'solution' dumps the problem in one area . . . Why aren't we offering more than one place to keep people warm??? There's a risk at Garrison, we now have more than 100 people without the adequate restroom facilities to accommodate them. They're packed on top of each other. During COVID you're really putting these folks at risk."
A final word on a developing situation . . .
"Councilman Bunch has basically said, 'Not in my neighborhood' by setting up this homeless way station in Northeast. He's targeting working-class home owners. This kind of stunt would never go over in Brookside. It's bad planning, spiteful and shows us that a so-called neighborhood advocate doesn't really care about dumping all of KC's problems on urban core working-class residents."
Developing . . .