Despite a relocation effort worth millions, a worsening homeless crisis confronts Kansas City and neighborhood leaders notice their public safety concerns have been redirected.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY RESIDENTS REPORTING POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS HOMELESS PEOPLE TO POLICE CONTEND THEIR PLEAS FOR HELP ARE NOW SENT TO 311!!!
Here's the word . . .
"Kansas City is creating another level of bureaucracy when it comes to the homeless. Over the course of a week we've had dangerous traffic situations, property crime threats and loitering complaints sent to 311 and not police. We used to get a good response from community interaction officers or just calling the non-emergency line. But now, if a complaint involves a homeless person or a camp . . . I've had several people confirm that 311 seems to have been empowered to take the lead."
Consider . . .
The 311 response follows pattern as pothole complaints and ADA concerns that have also been redirected to the KCMO city hall help line.
Accordingly . . .
KANSAS CITY IS USING 311 AS A TRAGIC CATCHALL THAT ISN'T PREPARED TO DEAL WITH THE MYRIAD OF PROBLEMS CONFRONTING RESIDENTS!!!
Even worse, the response to 311 complaints is measured in weeks & months . . . Not minutes.
Finally . . . There's an overriding concern that the Mayor's allegiance to homeless activists is now directing local government policy and procedures.
More insight . . .
"The mayor seems to be picking the homeless over residents who have lived here for years. It's a mistake, they're a transient population. But now, when you consider free hotels, job training, free food and healthcare; the homeless have more rights than homeowners in Kansas City."
Developing . . .