While I support solutions for our area’s homeless problem, locating a low-barrier shelter in downtown Olympia is a very bad idea.
And for those who don’t know, “low barrier” means little or no screening (so it is a shelter for those who are barred from other shelters due to drug use, sex offenses, etc.).
Businesses in downtown Olympia have a hard enough time as is, they don’t need a shelter adjacent to them that caters to sex offenders and heroin users. Locating this shelter in a residential area is an even worse idea.
But what about using the old Holly Motel on Martin Way? It is away from residential areas, but accessible by bus routes. Apparently, that property is up for sale. Granted that building may have to be torn down and replaced (although I hope they would save the old Holly Motel sign).
But as locations go, it would be a great one for a shelter like this.