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Are you in favor of relocating the Lawrence Community Shelter from downtown to property east of the city?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
53% 486
No
 
37% 337
Not sure
 
8% 80
Total 903

Comments

skinny 3 years, 4 months ago

Why is the County getting involved in this now??????? How about let's NOT!!!

kernal 3 years, 4 months ago

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geekin_topekan 3 years, 4 months ago

No matter where you place the shelter, it won't bring Jack In the Box to Lawrence any sooner.

ldvander 3 years, 4 months ago

HA HA HA HA this is the best post I have ever seen. Best in ljworld history!!!!! JITB YES!

Joe Hyde 3 years, 4 months ago

Answer to poll question: No

Lawrence's eager devouring of Douglas County rural acreage will be slowed, and Lawrence become more sociologically balanced, and life for everyone becomes more interesting, if a Community Shelter is built west of the present city limit. West, not east.

jhawkinsf 3 years, 4 months ago

Just a little further east. Missouri.

Carol Bowen 3 years, 4 months ago

I've read that an increasing percentage are veterans. In eastern states, they are developing communities like Delaware Commons and creating a mutual support system for the residents. My question is where would a facility benefit its residents and ultimately the city? Homeless people probably stay downtown because of the food available, the only congregation of pedestrians,and other necessities. Anything we can do to make their situation better makes our situation better. Just plunking them into a facility on the east side doesn't help anything, and they probably would be downtown anyway. What is that expression? But for the grace of God, go I.

Grump 3 years, 4 months ago

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Sigmund 3 years, 4 months ago

Why are all of Lawrence policies designed to benefit downtown landowners? I mean besides the fact that they buy and sell our Commissioner's every couple of years and they have full use of the LJworld and Chad Lawhown PR machine to push their agenda. They get city subsidized fire sprinklers and we get a cut in fire protection. They get lighted sidewalks from campus to downtown and we get fewer bike paths. They get a new parking garage and use downtown as a hub for every singe EmpTy despite the fact that most trips for most people around Lawrence require you avoid downtown.

Lets create 5 different shelters and put on across the street from each Commissioner's home. Maybe the downtown landowners can donate a dilapidated, demolition by neglect, Masonic temple as a homeless shelter. It even has brand new fire sprinklers. http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/jul/18/live-blog-downtown-property-owners-discuss-future-/#c1694688

storm 3 years, 4 months ago

Since the shelter will only be a shelter and not include the drop-in facility, there will be less pedestrian traffic. That said, the perfect location is the former Borders, hands down.

Scott Morgan 3 years, 4 months ago

I voted not sure. Not sure why we have a wet shelter in a small now broke college town. For those homeless who do seek a better life a bed and chance is all needed. My checkbook is open for these folks. I cringe thinking one dime of my tax money goes for a bum's ciggies and booze.

If we wish to fund grifters, then well, then well, we are doing a great job already.

The only bus in the county which actually does something cruises 23rd St. on a regular basis to JO-CO and back. JO-CO where there are even more cure um homeless (I just tossed a chunk) programs. The actual folks who wish to work, JO-CO always is looking for good hard working folks.

Kyle Neuer 3 years, 4 months ago

By all means. Out of sight, out of mind. I hate being reminded that there are "poor" people.

jayhawklawrence 3 years, 4 months ago

Not to sound insensitive, but I like the fact that it will be close to the County Jail. Wherever it is located we need to provide a measure of safety and access to information about where they can acquire social services if any are left after the Brownback regime gets finished.

Not everyone has the resources in their life to fly down to Texas and attend prayer meetings with a bunch of rich guys whenever they want. Most of these people, if they pray, pray quietly in their shelters at night that no one will hurt them or that they can somehow find a way out of their misery. I think God is more likely to hear that kind of prayer than the other kind made for the benefit of politics.

CLARKKENT 3 years, 4 months ago

LET'S JUST CLOSE THE EXISTING SHELTER, AND MAYBE THEY WOULD LEAVE.

yrbadself 3 years, 4 months ago

No, do not put the shelter on the edge of town where there is no easy transportation. All of the social services, food centers, jobs, etc... are in town. Are you trying to meet their needs or move them out?

independant1 3 years, 4 months ago

vote = no My home is alot like homeless shelter when the young adult kids move home or come to visit. We live out in the county, would be nice to have law enforement nearby to referee the inevitable squables that break out when we're all cooped up in same double wide taking shelter from the opressive heat. Had a fight over satellite TV clicker last night, got really ugly.

Like clarkkent's suggestion, maybe we should just shut down the homestead?

lunacydetector 3 years, 4 months ago

the county needs to take a wait and see approach since s.r.s. will be leaving soon. this would be a really dumb move if all the homeless s.r.s. recipients move to topeka, kck, or overland park.

dogsandcats 3 years, 4 months ago

What is the point of putting the shelter east of town then developing a shuttle/bus route to get them back downtown anyway? Oy.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 4 months ago

Put the shelter at the west edge of town. That way when Topeka's ilk shows up, they'll take one look and turn tail back to Topeka.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 4 months ago

Put the shelter at the west edge of town. That way when Topeka's ilk shows up, they'll take one look and turn tail back to Topeka.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 4 months ago

Put the shelter at the west edge of town. That way when Topeka's ilk shows up, they'll take one look and turn tail back to Topeka.

BlackVelvet 3 years, 4 months ago

I don't know why my comment ended up here three times. Sorry for the confusion.

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