Last night I attended a hearing in Oak Cliff on the Dallas Housing Authority’s proposal to house one hundred formerly homeless people at its Cliff Manor property. I haven’t seen such a frightening crowd since 1972. Here are some comments to the Dallas Morning News’ story on the hearing to give you a little flavor of the discussion—and my take on some of the opinions expressed.
7:27 AM on June 22, 2010
A community's first priority is to the people who are law-abiding and pay their taxes. The druggers/alcoholics stepped outside the lines, but want everyone to pay their way back into society. I sympathize with the mentals, but they should be in institutions where they can be safe, fed and treated. They can never live completely on their own because they are not equipped for life's anxieties.
All the do gooder programs have caused incredible damage to Lake Highlands, Vickery Meadow and Oak Cliff. The Cedars is just now crawling out of the pit that decades of dumping on them created. The Sec 8 apts in NW Dallas are a disaster for my area.
Senior housing is one thing -- but the DHA always screws up and winds up ruining entire communities to help a handful of losers.
Fight on, Oak Cliff. This is Councilman Neumann's finest hour. He has never been more right on any issue
The funny thing is, I live in Lake Highlands and I think it is pretty nice. JG.
11:13 AM on June 22, 2010
"I sympathize with the mentals..."
The "mentals"? I guess this is your new shorthand for the homeless? Like Mexicans are now called "illegals".....wow, you folks are Apathetic Pigeonholers, or "A-holers" for short.
This brings to light one of the overriding themes of last night. The homeless aren’t really people.
7:46 AM on June 22, 2010
Sharon Boyd, where are the impoverished and people without homes suppose to live? Do we just leave them all on the streets?
I can't wait to hear your answer.
This is the question that I’d like some of the people who oppose permanent supportive housing to answer some day. Do they think we are better off with people sleeping in the streets? JG.
8:36 AM on June 22, 2010
Anyone who doesn't have a job would be "impoverished" and "without homes." Me, you, everyone. Gosh...let's see....let me think....how about getting a job
No doubt a Bruce Hornsby fan. “Get a job!” JG.
9:08 AM on June 22, 2010
They should live with you
A helpful anwer—not. The person below actually has housed homeless people in his home. I’m moving into citywalk@akard where we are housing homeless people, but not everyone can do that sort of thing.
Karl Dennahan Tx
10:00 AM on June 22, 2010
John P. Greenan