A recent Olympian editorial focused on the Thurston County HOME Consortium and urging them to take greater responsibility for siting a low-barrier shelter. By approving a $400,000 grant to Interfaith Works with no conditions or oversight, they have allowed time and money to be wasted. It has been said that these funds were allocated at the expense of existing programs that are filling a need in the community.
A solution must be found that is wise, funded for a lasting period of time, and located where everyone benefits. A solution cannot be found without including business people, citizens and all who are directly affected by location of these sites. It appears that Interfaith Works does not have the expertise to accomplish this on their own. If there is no leadership from the HOME Consortium nothing will get done, our downtown core will continue to decline, and we will all lose.