Last year, without consent from voters, Mayor Quinton Lucas spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on temporary shelter for the homeless.
Now there's a plan to make that spending a PERMANENT part of Kansas City's budget and dump the crisis on the East side and the South side.
Let's take a look . . .
According to a lesser blog the first part of the scheme is to put all of the homeless population in jeopardy.
"The city manager’s office has reached out to existing shelters and service providers for commitments to provide beds when the weather turns. The city has asked for “flexibility” from providers."
Make room for junkies and drunks.
Safety is a big issue here and even our most progressive pals realize that this move will endanger everyone who is desperate for shelter.
So maybe there might be some more
protection money funds for security available . . .
Here's the kicker and a costly locked in price for taxpayers . . .
"City Manager Platt wants the city to buy a now-vacant hotel near 119th Street and Blue Ridge Boulevard, providing long-term, low-rent rooms. The city also plans to purchase a vacant hotel at Linwood and Van Brunt boulevards for a “navigation center” where homeless clients can seek help, and occupy additional beds. It’ll cost between $1.5 million and $2 million, not counting staff and operating costs. Roughly 110 homeless people could find beds in the two facilities.
"The city is also prepared to partner with Hope Faith, a homeless assistance campus, to construct up to 40 so-called “tiny homes” for shelter. Hope Faith, at Admiral Boulevard and The Paseo, already provides food, clothing and medical help for homeless people."
And so we ask . . .
WILL KANSAS CITY GET TO VOTE ON MAYOR Q'S HOMELESS CRUSADE?!?
Already the newspaper is promoting this scheme and denouncing any opposition from the "not-in-my-backyard" contingent.
However . . .
Regarding the sordid topic of coin . . .
Mayor Q and his new City Manager friend have proposed FOREVER COSTS to fund homeless activists and it's unclear if taxpayers share these values.
You decide . . .