There are many fine non-profits that provide a range of support for the people in our community who have no roofs over their heads, no safe or predictable places to sleep, and no families who will take them in. Last week I learned about an Olympia grass-roots effort that aims to create 250 new units of housing for these folks, and I want to be sure you know about it too. It’s called Home Fund.
Its chief worker bees are some of the most respected folks in Olympia: Charles Shelan, Chris Lowell, TJ LaRocque, Mike and Kathy McCormick, Meg Martin, Danny Kadden and Jessica Bateman. Their proposal is a Home Fund levy of 36 cents of every $1000 in real property and would generate $16 million over 7 years and--it gets better--would leverage funding of $32 million in that same time period. Imagine the impact on our city!
I grew up in a Republican home. My dad, an immigrant and physician, made me believe that every American had an equal shot at success if only they worked hard enough. And that certainly seemed true until the 1980s. Our world has change drastically, and more and more of our people have been left behind. Before he died, my dad voted for President Obama because, he said, America had lost its heart.
Please let members of the Olympia City Council know that you support the Home Fund and the opportunity to provide dignity and hope to hundreds of people living among us.