Less than 24 hours following the conversion of an iconic Kansas City building into a safe space for the homeless, the low-key reaction has been overwhelmingly negative.
Looking closely at social media and via our blog community we notice reasonable questions about security, neighborhood impact and public relations threats to damage biz inside the loop given the inevitable problems that arise at any shelter.
Nevertheless . . .
KANSAS CITY MAYOR Q DEFENDS HIS ADVOCACY OF THE HOMELESS AS PART OF HIS NEW 2021 AGENDA!!!
It's a departure from his more polished law school image but might resonate among so many newfound social media activists.
Check-it . . .
"We’ve got our challenges, but I’m proud to be part of a city that believes in zero fare transit, eliminating incarceration for petty offenses, supports transformational affordable housing reform, and uses its biggest facilities to help provide warmth and shelter for all. #KCMO"
"I drove several folks from Bartle Hall to Hope Faith this AM. Another was headed to a job interview up north. Typically, our library system is open then, but the pandemic continues to limit options there. Hopefully, we are helping people find jobs, resources so they can decide."
"Expect us to enhance our offerings in the 6am-8am window, so we can help folks like the ones I spoke to this morning with job search, new housing and social service options.
"More steps ahead, but I am proud of KCMO on this step."
Developing . . .