I vehemently oppose the proposal to house chronic low-barrier homeless street transients in a 40-bed facility at Thurston Avenue directly across from our Boardwalk I and II senior apartment buildings. If it’s housing for 40, there will be scores more milling about our neighborhood on a 24/7 basis.
I have lived at Boardwalk II for four years. My only issue is the population of homeless, transient street-types that frequent our neighborhood attracted by the handouts from the Gospel Mission across the street from our two buildings. Many of these types live in their broken-down cars, vans, and RVs all around us.
There have been numerous car break-ins, two auto thefts, and a double stabbing in our lot in my experience. Last summer, an RV with several of these types was camped out between our two buildings. The litter of trash and their belongings was strewn on the sidewalk making it impassable for pedestrians.
Many of our seniors are apprehensive and afraid to walk in our area as a result of the presence of these transients.
Simply: To house these “chronics,” as described by Peoples’ House Project Director Meg Martin, is reckless, irresponsible and dangerous.