We all want to help those less fortunate–especially at Christmas. Just like we all wanted to help the hurricane victims in the Gulf Coast. Many of Idaho’s efforts to help were not needed then and they may not be needed at home.
The “Fear Factor” is alive and well in Boise. A “crises” for the homeless has been generally accepted as fact now that winter temperatures are dropping.
Mainstream media has been suckered once again into publishing reports of homeless people perishing on the streets of Boise due to exposure–NOT TRUE according to the coroner. In fact, NO ONE–homeless or otherwise– has died of exposure in the past year in Ada County.
Nonetheless Churches are responding with attempts to get permits for a tent colony at 11 N. Latah at the Jewish Synagogue. A temporary shelter is being established at the United Church of Christ west of downtown, pending permit approval.
Apart from the inhumane act of putting people in tents when it is COLD AS HELL outside, the GUARDIAN senses there is probably a whole lot of great intentions and little common sense being exercised on this issue–which may not even be an issue.
Without a program it is hard to tell the players, but it appears there are some cross denominational rivalries between the Jews, Catholics, Christians and Boise Rescue Mission.
The Christians, with the help of the Catholics, set up the temp shelter in the United Church of Christ at 2201 Woodlawn in the residential area west of downtown. If they get approval from the city, a tent city on the Jewish land on Latah will be erected.
The Boise City Council is feeling pressure from the Churchites to approve a tent city that may or may not be needed. Denial of a permit makes them appear heartless toward homeless. The GUARDIAN thinks the proper approach is to slow down, get some church basements opened up and forget about tents.
Homeless or otherwise not many people are gonna sit on a porta pottie at 8 degrees above zero. Issues of sanitation, food, heat and transportation are exacerbated with a tent city anywhere–especially on Latah Street.
The Rescue Mission is the most experienced non-profit when it comes to providing lodging and dining for homeless. We find it pathetic that churches are competing for homeless customers.
KBCI-TV is reporting there are plenty of empty beds at the Boise Rescue Mission which operates shelters for men at 6th and Grove as well as the former Community House on River Street. The other group is trying to offer “an alternative” to the Rescue Mission.
Forget about tents for now.
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