The J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation most generously plans to build a skate park “Under The Bridge” between 15th and 16th streets. I’m happy for the skateboarders and the city to have this luxury.
But ... something is missing. Where is the plan to help those who will be displaced? Albertson Foundation, can we count on you to make people as important as recreation? With another cool million (or two), we could remodel the old Armory to house the homeless and purchase tiny houses to put on the old car lots on Fairview, for example.
That would save taxpayers thousands and thousands of dollars every year that goes to maintain the chronically homeless (jails, hospitals, clinics, courts, etc.), and that would make us a compassionate city that helps the less fortunate rebuild their lives.
A pilot project that I belong to here in Ada County is working to implement a Housing First model used in Salt Lake City that reduced their homelessness to about 20 percent.
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Albertsons, we need your help, we need Simplot’s help, St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus’ help, and anyone else who cares enough to give Boise’s 80 chronically homeless individuals the stability to restructure their lives. It’s doable. Let’s do it. (Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lois Morgan, Boise