Shelter sites too close to children, seniors

OlympiaFebruary 17, 2014 

I am a current resident of Boardwalk apartments in Olympia. In my opinion, the proposed location that Interfaith Works is pursuing for a low-barrier homeless shelter is completely inappropriate for our neighborhood.

Sheltering 40 people will not put a dent in our already overflowing population of homeless individuals; in fact, it may very well add to the numbers we currently have. We already experience more than our share of crime, noise and drug problems in our local neighborhood.

The proposed site would also create a parking issue. Many of our residents that still drive rely on securing a nearby parking spot in our small parking lot or along the streets bordering our building as they are not able to get around as easily as they once did.

Many residents have caregivers, family and friends that must park several blocks away. Adding vehicles for shelter employees and volunteers would simply compound the parking issues.

There are many small children that love to play at the playground at Percival Landing and also at the Hands On Children’s Museum that are both within a few blocks of this proposed site. I cannot imagine why a location would be proposed that so greatly impacts two of our most vulnerable communities, our children and our seniors.

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