Archive for Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Discussion set on homeless camping

February 10, 2009

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A discussion about whether homeless individuals should be allowed to camp on public property in the city is on tap for city commissioners tonight.

Commissioners have heard from some homeless service advocates that the city should designate an area in the city where camping would be legal. Currently, there are ordinances that prohibit camping in city parks and other pieces of public property.

The issue has drawn attention after city crews cleared a large homeless camp site along the Kansas River in October.

Commissioners previously referred the issue to the Community Commission on Homelessness for study. That advisory board said a majority of members did not support repealing the ordinances that prohibit camping, but the group is urging city commissioners to consider reviewing the ordinance in more detail.

Commissioners begin their regular meeting at 6:35 p.m. today at City Hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. They will have a study session with the city’s Community Development Advisory Committee at 5:30 p.m.

Comments

igby 6 years, 6 months ago

Lets get them off Mass. street and put them in the park which will be a place for all to avoid and if the leave the park arrest them.

honestone 6 years, 6 months ago

Creating a place for a of the homeless is a great idea. 6th and Mass has a great place to camp as well as 11th and Mass. I cannot even believe that the commissioners are even considering this idea

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Some really great final solutions you guys are coming up with. Keep them coming.

alm77 6 years, 6 months ago

I can't believe I'm agreeing with hawk on something....Camp south of town and subject to police patrol sounds good to me. I don't know about the rest though.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"This is why there should be no “public” property. Private property owners would keep these riff-raff off their property and keep our city free from these folks."So where would they go? Should we just launch into the heart of the sun?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Or maybe they can just be trained to spontaneously combust?

Jim Phillips 6 years, 6 months ago

The solution to the problem is easy. Do away with all of the free "This makes me feel good!" handouts and they will move out voluntarily.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"Do away with all of the free “This makes me feel good!” handouts and they will move out voluntarily."Really? Where will they go?

CLARKKENT 6 years, 6 months ago

CANNOT BELIEVE THE COMMISSION CAN CONSIDER/DISCUSS WITH OUT A TASK FORCE.TASK FORCE COULD CONSIDER LETTING THEM CAMP AT THE WETLANDS, THEN THEY COULD HELP BUILD THE BYPASS.

walter_sobchak 6 years, 6 months ago

give them each a rickshaw, then we can pay them a small fee to drag us around. win-win.

Jim Phillips 6 years, 6 months ago

They will go anywhere that will give them free shelter and food, the same as what led them here.

Ragingbear 6 years, 6 months ago

We should also round up all the Jews into camps and make them wear stars so we know who they are.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"bozo, surprisingly, they'll be forced to get their life together and actually pay to use someone else's property."A very large percentage of them are mentally ill. If they could get their act together, they already would have by now."Or charitable folks will let them squat on theirs for free.That's a romantic sentiment, but it's been well proven that not all of society's problems can be taken care of by individual acts of charity, especially when dealing with mentally ill folks that the average person just isn't prepared to deal with.

Jim Phillips 6 years, 6 months ago

How much of a percentage is a large percentage and where did those figures come from?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

"How much of a percentage is a large percentage and where did those figures come from?"Because of the transient state of the subjects, it's a hard thing to quantify, but it would appear somewhere between 25%-75% suffer from some from of mental illness, many quite severe. http://www.psychlaws.org/generalResources/fact11.htm

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 6 months ago

Does that mean anything barry, or are you just parroting Rush?

cobra_27_76 6 years, 6 months ago

We as a community need to realize that in one secound those of us that have a place to live and lose it and become homeless. All we as a community need to do is help the homeless people that want the help and tell the rest that they have a chioce to live the way they do or change for the better. and let them know what we as a community can do for them to get them started.

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