Posted by: wantpeacework4justice | June 5, 2008

Tent City

I am on the homeless committee for Grand Valley Peace and Justice.  Last week, at the regular Monday meeting (which I did not attend), following our Homelessness forum, an individual attended, proposing the idea of a tent city, modeled after the one in Seattle.  She was all ready to work on it and they set a deadline of September (THIS September) for completion.

I had never heard of a tent city, but did some quick research:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tent_City

At our meeting this Tuesday, I raised some major concerns, such as zoning, sanitation, heavy opposition from neighbors and the communtiy, and drugs and alcohol.  Grand Junction already has a homeless shelter, but many homeless choose not to go there, and go the the underpass by the river instead, because they are not allowed into the shelter if they are drinking.  The director said that it would be a rule at the “tent city” that drugs and alcohol are prohibited.  But, how would this be monitored? 

That’s all I have time to write now.

Tell me what you think.

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Responses

  1. This seems very dirty and third-world. I’ve heard of places in the Bahamas where people live in slightly more substantial “houses” (really shacks), and it’s horrible. Where would they get water? Use the bathroom? Would all the food be gotten for them because there would be no power, which means no refrigeration. How long would people be allowed to live there? Would there be a counselor to work with them?
    This seems not very thought-out and would require a lot of work from who? Volunteers? Government employees?


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