Letters to the Editor

Letter: Shelter help

January 4, 2014


To the editor:

It seems to me the Lawrence Community Shelter is going to always be asking for help with needs they have. The city needs to stop before it gets out of hand. When you buy property isn’t an inspection required? They need a roof in less than a year from purchase. They have grown and say they are already overcrowded.

I would like to know how many people are actually from Lawrence who need this place. A very small amount I believe. Most of the people there are from out of state with no connection to Lawrence. I know there are facilities in Kansas City and Topeka that can also care for the homeless. I have asked many of the residents of the shelter about the programs there. They say there are none. Is the public getting scammed?


Leslie Swearingen 4 years, 3 months ago

No one is getting scammed. Lawrence does have a large number of homeles and the number is getting larger. Surely no one begrudges them a place to stay. Perhaps the paper could do an article on the programs that are available, how many are enrolled in them, are they mandatory in order to stay at the shelter, who is teaching the classes, etc.

I for one am very happy that we have such a shelter. I hope that no one is left outside in this weather, and yes, I mean even if their decisions contributed to them being in such a situation. If you make good decisions for your life, financial, health, education, then you should thank the Creator that you have the ability to do so and are in a situation where you are not being overwhelmed by the great twin temptations of despair and depression into making a decision that will come back to haunt you.

Rob Chestnut 4 years, 3 months ago

LCS will continue to demand more and more resources from the City and Douglas County. The work they do is admirable, but they behave as though there are no other worthy service organizations with needs in the community.

LCS has been rewarded for a lacking of planning consistently, and they have been able to continue to be funded at increasing levels by making commitments that they are not able to fund internally.

Why change now?

Julius Nolan 4 years, 3 months ago

Ever wonder why you are no longer a City commissioner? Could it be your attitude or objectives for the people?

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