Thursday, May 09, 2019
DID QUINTON LUCAS JUST SOLVE THE KANSAS CITY HOMELESS CRISIS?!?!
No, no he didn't.
However, in a rare reality check, last night Westside residents pushed Mayoral candidates to deal with the KCMO homeless crisis given that nearby BEARDSLEY ROAD HAS BEEN SHUT DOWN FOR A YEAR AFTER A HOBO VILLAGE INFERNO REPORTED 1ST ON TKC!!!
This morning, the leading mayoral candidate offers his solution after some time to contemplate . . .
Quinton Lucas: "How to address homelessness? 1. Create access to good job opportunities. 2. More affordable housing opportunities." #kcmayoraldebate
That sounds nice but already he's getting pushback from his hopeful yet naive commentary.
A few choice quotes challenging the sentiment:
"I hope these are not your only two ways to address homelessness. There are so many steps that need to take place before a homeless person can even attend a job interview. Such as personal hygiene, hunger, and access to resources for interview prep"
"Access to mental health care, drug addiction counseling and programs, education..."
And that's the kicker that people on the street level acknowledge but politicos seem uncomfortable discussing.
A top echelon insider reminds us:
"Kansas City's homeless problem is really just another manifestation of a drug problem. The influx of homeless people that we're seeing aren't working poor folks who are down on their luck. They're people with severe drug problems who also might be confronting mental health issues as well. What's worse is that many, not all, are prone to violence. It's a public safety problem, not something that "social justice" efforts are going to solve with more freebies and local socialism."
You decide . . .