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City approves $100K for shelter

March 7, 2012

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Lawrence city commissioners on Tuesday approved an unbudgeted $100,000 worth of funding to the Lawrence Community Shelter after hearing the homeless shelter was in a “crisis” situation.

Joe Baker, treasurer of the shelter’s board, told commissioners that without the $100,000 in city funding, the shelter likely would be broke for an extended period of time in April before receiving its next round of grant funding.

“Honestly, I’m not sure how the shelter has survived with the revenue stream it has had,” said Baker.

City commissioners approved the $100,000 in funding on a 4-1 vote but did not make any commitment to provide funding for future years. Commissioners agreed to take the money out of a $300,000 reserve account that is funded by proceeds from the city’s share of the liquor drink tax.

Mayor Aron Cromwell also told the shelter board that he would be more interested in providing future city funding if it were structured in the form of a challenge grant where the public would have to make a certain amount of pledges before the city provided funding.

The shelter successfully raised $3.1 million to buy and renovate a building near the Douglas County Jail in eastern Lawrence to replace its current downtown shelter, which leaders have said is too small. Expenses related to finding that site have depleted the organization’s reserves, but shelter leaders said they plan to be aggressive in future fundraising to help with operational expenses.

City Commissioner Mike Amyx voted against the funding request, saying now was not the right time for the city to be making unbudgeted expenditures.

In other news, commissioners met for one hour in executive session to discuss the possible acquisition of real estate. After the session, commissioners directed city staff to craft a public statement to be released about the matter in the near future.

Multiple sources tell the Journal-World the city is working to craft a joint statement with Kansas University men’s basketball coach Bill Self to support the idea of a major youth fieldhouse/recreation center in northwest Lawrence.

It has been speculated the project would be on the northwest corner of Sixth Street and the South Lawrence Trafficway, and would involve the city receiving a donation of 40 to 50 acres of property from a development group led by Steve and Duane Schwada.

Comments

FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Couldn't the Shelter be used to relieve Centenial student overcrowding?

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oneeye_wilbur 2 years, 1 month ago

I would be more interested to know if Commissoner Amyx's NO vote was for show. Why? Because he has voted in the past to fund the shelter. I wouldn't trust his vote. Each time the commission votes on something, they are never unaminous but bounce issues back and forth. Schumm thnks the homeless are leaving downtown. He is becoming as delusional about reality as Arly Allen who has publicly stated that renters should live in apartments. Houses are for families. Well, Mr. Schumm, Mr. Carter, Mr. Dever, and Mr. Cromwell, downtown is for homeless, has been and will continue to be as long as you fund the pot that feeds the owner of the buidling that the shelter is in. Even that person got a free sprinkler just like Schumm. And like franccisco some years ago, a 3%loan along with a couple of local attorneys no less. And to think Arly Allen thinks that out of town owners are nasty landlords. Mr. Allen knows some of the worst property owners are local attorneys and bankers.

Just wait till the city gives away the parking lot to the east of the Carnegie Building to a local developer. It is in the works, that is why the property is so derelict with trash around the dumpster and transformer areas. Even Scott McCullogh cannot get it cleaned up and his has a Blight Department. Instead, the Commissioners throw away again, more money to Loring Henderson and the owner of the shelter,.

If the City Attorney wants names, why doesn't she provide to the public how much money the owners of the shelter have gotten in public funds? Or is that secret? Lawrence is hypocrtiical and the "progressives", have an idea about Utopia, believeing that sitting in front of Free State is part of it.

The city has become a dump of a city and that is solely because of the City Commission tossing money around like it is growing. Well, OEW is willing to bet that certain commissioner(s) have grown some green stuff.

Loring Henderson is laughing alll the way to the bank and the owners of the Shelter building are as well. Could the city attorney provide financial data on the Shelter? After all, they are receiving public funds?

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none2 2 years, 1 month ago

People should look at the bright side. If the city can give out $100,000.00 of tax payer's money without even blinking an eye, it goes to show that the economy has turned around, and everything is wonderful now!

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Floyd Craig 2 years, 1 month ago

what they got there is a money pit its going to neede more n more n more to keep the homeless out of down town I knew that was going to happen and now they are stuff with the limon

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Floyd Craig 2 years, 1 month ago

what they got there is a mney pit its going to neede more n more n more to keep the homeless out of down town I knew that was going to happen and now they are stuff with the limon

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Randall Barnes 2 years, 1 month ago

i knew this would bring out all the liberal tea party republicans and i was right. i am not a big fan of the current city commission but have to give thumbs up on this issue.the reserve came from alcohol sales not tea sales.

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SgtSkull 2 years, 1 month ago

How can this city keep throwing money around. You tax the crap out of us now people dont want to move here. Those of us here cant sell our homes because of the high taxes. You urinate our money to the homeless shelter just as the homeless urinate in the alleys downtown. The only thing this town is missing is an ocult compound that is finaced by Lawrence. I wont even start on the library in a Major University town that could have been a joint financial venture. Hey Lawrence lets use a little lube shall we. Oh yea Lawrence cant afford the Lube now.

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nativeson 2 years, 1 month ago

compassionnotgreed - Any opposition to this funding request from my viewpoint is not based on a value judgment related to homelessness and whether it is a product of society or the individual. It is solely based on allocating resources. The City has money, but it does not have an unlimited amount. The funds are committed to other services. Using reserves means you are kicking the can down the road until next year when you either continue to deplete reserves or actually make a choice on who does not get funded. I think it is unfair to the taxpayer and to LCS to grant this request without knowing how it will be funded in future budgets.

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compassionnotgreed 2 years, 1 month ago

Homelessness is predominantly a product of society, not of individuals. 90-98% of people who are homeless are dealing with issues that they did not choose for themselves. Although they may not be responding in the best way, they also have very little resource to respond with. I challenge anyone to give up all their possessions, identifications, money etc. and go to some new place where you do not know anyone and try to make a living without appealing to any person's or institutions charity. The reason people experience homelessness is because society at large is not successful at doing what is needed to ensure that everyone is brought up with the tools and skills socially and materially that will place them in a position of being capable of contributing. I suggest any or all of you actually go to the shelter and spend some time there talking to people, listening to their stories and their backgrounds before you speak about entitlement spending. Also consider that if you look at the city budget from year to year, the city budget has a cycle, but the general trend is increase in funding. The average amount of city funds for the last 3 years is more than they ever had, and the three years before was more than they ever had before. The city has money. So does the community. We have resources, more than we can use or need. Houses sit empty, tones of food and water is thrown away daily. If you spend $40,000 on a car that is resource that could be used for something else other than status symbolism. When we pay millions of dollars to individuals for playing a game and not to send children from poor communities to school you have people who go uneducated. These are the real problems.

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streetman 2 years, 1 month ago

Another entitlement that will never go away, but will grow......

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consumer1 2 years, 1 month ago

What is Loring Henderson's annual salarie? Has it increase too this year???

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BruceWayne 2 years, 1 month ago

I think we got off pretty cheap...I figured Cramwell and Coreless would pay an out of state consultant $65,000.00 to tell them to spend this money. I am most upset with myself for thinking this group would do what is best for our once fine city.

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nativeson 2 years, 1 month ago

The central issue relates to an inability to make priority decisions. This commission is spending down fund balance without making choices. If you fund LCS for an incremental $100k annually, then you need to decide where you cut. Taping reserves is not the answer, and stating that this does not make any future commitment is not being forthright. The expectation by LCS is that this is now funding they can count on in the future.

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consumer1 2 years, 1 month ago

And so it begins. Thanks allot those of you who are happy to spend tax payers $$> This is only going to get more expensive every single year. what are you people thinking?????

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classclown 2 years, 1 month ago

Are we in Joisey? Cause I'm pretty sure that's the only place we can buy boose.

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guppypunkhead 2 years, 1 month ago

Fitting the money came from liquor tax- a lot of people at the shelter probably paid into that pool of money to begin with.

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50YearResident 2 years, 1 month ago

Bend over folks, there is more to come, lots more. It is so easy to get free handouts in this town. I bet the shelter is having a celebration party and throwing $20 dollar bills into the crowd, while dancing and cheering. They probably have an open bar too! WooHoo!

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Patricia Davis 2 years, 1 month ago

Amyx is the only grownup at the table. Perhaps when people get their property tax increases this year, there will be a more definitive outcry of we have had enough of this Sh!#.

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FalseHopeNoChange 2 years, 1 month ago

Government "Critical thinking " brought to you by a "Liberal Arts" education for your "regulating" private behavior pleasure.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 2 years, 1 month ago

Guess the OWS folks need a place to stay since they can't camp in Southpark anymore.

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BruceWayne 2 years, 1 month ago

Cramwell and Coreless in 2012!

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patkindle 2 years, 1 month ago

IN A 2-1 VOTE THE COUNTY COMMISION RAISED THEIR DONATION TO 150K JUST TO OUT DO THE CITY

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Richard Heckler 2 years, 1 month ago

What's the difference between funding the shelter with money that is not there and building $20-30 million dollar rec center with money that is not there?

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somebodynew 2 years, 1 month ago

It may have been unbudgeted this year, but they may as well plan on it (and more) for years to come.

And +1 to cheeseburger.

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irvan moore 2 years, 1 month ago

pigs at the trough, oew is right, worst city commission ever, there is no money and yet we hand it out on unbudgeted expenditures

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Kookamooka 2 years, 1 month ago

Too bad we can't hit Turner Gill up for 100k of his multimillion dollar severance package. Life is too unfair.

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Steve Jacob 2 years, 1 month ago

Bigger shelter means more in operational cost, I hope the council knew that when they gave them the money to build the bigger place.

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cheeseburger 2 years, 1 month ago

Commissioner Amyx continues to be the lone voice of reason on that otherwise reckless commission.

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