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City attorneys question legality of plan for sheltering homeless families

By Mark Boyle · February 17, 2009 · Comment on this

If city commissioners want to support a program that allows churches to serve as temporary shelters for homeless families, they likely will have to open the door for other types of homeless shelters to locate in neighborhoods as well.

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Danimal 5 years, 10 months ago

I think that if we're talking about new homeless regulation in Lawrence there should be a new qualifying clause. For example, homeless from all over the Mid-West can no longer just wander in and out of our town, accessing tax payer-supported programs. Instead they would have to enroll in the system and demonstrate that their last place of residence was at least in the state of Kansas if not Douglas County specifically. I know a lot of you will jump on me as being cruel or cold, but guess what? Times are tough, tough times require tough decisions. That doesn't mean that we can't be compassionate, but by trying to help anyone with a pulse that shows up. We are doing a great disservice to Lawrence residents and other Kansans who find themselves homeless and now must compete for increasingly scarce services. If we're going to care for the homeless here in Lawrence, lets at least make sure they're from here so we aren't the soup kitchen of the Mid-West.

lawthing 5 years, 10 months ago

I dont get this. If they only want to serve the families then who is to tell them who they can or can't help?

Salvation Army limits their shelter to only sober people.

The churches want to limit just to famillies.

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