^
Keep Westword Free
4

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

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.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

For more memorable takes, visit our Comment of the Day archive.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.