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Reader: Should Denver be paying millions to hide homeless people?

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Photo by Britt Chester
Patricia Calhoun's post about the Ballpark Neighborhood Association's opposition to a day center for the homeless triggered literally hundreds of comments, with readers on every conceivable side of the issue sharing their views with passion. Here's an example.

Tiffany Smyth writes:

I feel as though most people are missing the issue. The community day center with 10 ft walls sounds like a prison to me and costs $8.6 million. Its cost is to hide homeless people not so much to help address the problems these people face. It costs way more to have city taxes pay for the ER, jail and police time then to provide housing and treatment and job training. Homelessness is a complex issue, you can't just tag a person with being a drug addict. So many have mental, physical issues that our system has failed to address. A lot of them are war veterans who have serious PTSD and the VA kicked them out of the system for drug use or other reasons. There's no easy solution to this, but to put a wall around them, out of sight out of mind, doesn't make the problem go away. It creates more disdain and apathy by the general public.

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John Elliott
John Elliott

Spend the 9 million on updating and retrofitting the 700+ bed hospital complex that is mothballed on 9th & Colorado. Medical facilities, massive public transportation infrastructure, VA hospital & Veterans services, mental health services, high quality surgical center and TONS of space (large conference/meeting rooms, former ER space) for transitional job training. Of course, all of the douchebags going to Trader Joe's would pitch a fucking fit if they had to see a homeless person or drug dealer over there.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

It's a good thing the baby republican jesus had a mansion in the hills.

If there are that many homeless people, conservatives have a plan:  Tax cuts for the wealthy.

Joseph Smith
Joseph Smith

By continuing to add services in Downtown Denver, particularly the Ballpark neighborhood, we add to the density of homeless people in an area where services are already stressed and underfunded. We need more transitional and permanent housing, with on site support for substance abuse, mental illness and the like. These services need to be spread throughout the city, rather than the current model, which requires people in need of these services uproot themselves from their communities and support networks and come to an area to access what little services are available. In short, where is the long-game plan? Denver is paying almost 9 million dollars to build a structure, that by it's nature, encourages transience. With no services offered, local neighborhood objection, who is really being served here?

George White
George White

Let's just send all the homeless eyesores to their own island so we don't have to deal with them. It's not like they're humans or anything.

Betty Miller
Betty Miller

No,just giving them a place to go, rather than the street.

Kim Heffelfinger
Kim Heffelfinger

Denver and areas should spend that money on rehab, shelters and schooling for the homeless. I can imagine that many of them suffer from mental health issues, drug abuse and lack of work. Sad.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

Who are these "homeless" you write about? Chickenlooper ended homelessness when he installed the faux parking meters!

Larry Rios
Larry Rios

no, it's the worst thing ever.... why are we hoarding them all into one central part of town... over three shelters within a two mile radius???? nothing good will come of this...spread the love... and help out the surrounding areas...

Nikky Schulte
Nikky Schulte

No denver should pay for helping the homeless get homes. If there gonna drop so much, they should do something worth it not shameful like hiding the people that need the most help.

Barneby
Barneby

It looks like this place is for people waiting for the Rescue Mission. If they're there anyway, why should the city provide them with a safe place to line up? 


The Ballpark Businesses are feigning outrage. They want to hide them, too, they just want them hid in another neighborhood. 

johnellioteisadouche
johnellioteisadouche

"all the douchebags going to trader joes" sounds like the pot calling the kettle black. 

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