In a few moments Kansas City will start to debate an effort worth MILLIONS OF BUCKS to keep the homeless warm this winter.
A small but not insignificant detail of the plan involves a newbie organization that will be providing the bulk of the services.
Here's a bit of background . . .
The Hope Faith organization reports that they were incorporated in 2004 but Missouri dox reveal a vast reorganization and L.L.C. incorporation in 2020.
Even supporters of the group will admit and proudly proclaim that they're a relatively new force amongst local social service agencies.
Moreover . . .
City Hall insiders have continually questioned the 501c3 status of the group given their recent incorporation.
Meanwhile . . .
The budget of the new plan from Mayor Q and the city manager awards the bulk of funding to the Hope Faith group.
Additionally . . .
There are a myriad of other organizations with stronger track records in the vicinity who will not earn EPIC city hall largess.
To name a few . . .
All of these groups have their 501c3 status secured and have a solid track record for providing life saving services.
This leads us to the main insider concern . . .
WHY IS CITY HALL FAVORING THE HOPE FAITH GROUP OVER SO MANY OTHERS THAT ARE FAR MORE ESTABLISHED?!?!
It gets worse . . .
NOBODY HAS ASKED WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THIS MONEY RUNS OUT!!!
This is really the worst part of the equation . . .
At some point CARES ACT cash will expire and more funding for the homeless will be harder to justify.
According to many neighborhood advocates, here's the downside of the plan . . .
- Dumps Kansas City homeless housing into neighborhoods an includes a sketchy plan to buy more real estate.
- Hasn't sought any community cooperation or opt-in from surrounding neighborhoods.
- Places vulnerable populations into a housing system that doesn't have a stable or proven funding source.
For these reasons and so many more, there is reasonable opposition to this plan that doesn't include hate or animosity for the homeless but instead seeks partnership with neighbors and stakeholders rather than a rushed MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR giveaway.
Developing . .