Spend on services
Safe Harbor is a wonderful project but it should not be expanded to a permanent facility. Emergency shelters are an expensive, failed solution of the 1980s. Any new funding identified for a potential shelter needs to be directed to house the 15 to 20 chronically homeless and mentally ill currently staying at Safe Harbor every night that is causing the overcapacity.
Building a new shelter will increase the problem without housing one homeless person. Use the facility for a multi-purpose office space for services for homeless and other non-profits — but not for an emergency shelter.
The writer is a human services consultant
A winter to remember
I’d like to express my profound appreciation towards the Grand Traverse County Road Commission for their continued efforts this winter season. They have, by no stretch of the word, gone above and beyond to keep our roads cleared in a timely and efficient manner. Furthermore, I’d like to show my appreciation for the crew that clears Elk Lake and Carns roads.
We are all lucky to call this region our home, and part of that luxury is knowing that our roads are cleared for safe travel by all. We often hear only negative stories regarding the Road Commission, so I felt it my duty to send them a small token of my appreciation.
Thank you to all of the hard-working men and women at the Grand Traverse County Road Commission for your continued commitment. You’ve made a winter to remember just that!