Traverse City Record-Eagle

Opinion

November 4, 2012

Letters to the Editor: 11/04

Can cut homelessness

The Greater Grand Traverse Area Continuum of Care is a collaborative of human services agencies, government entities, and individuals working to end homelessness.

Through the Collaborative, over $1 million annually is brought into our communities (Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Kalkaska) from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

These funds help support local shelters but they also provide much-needed rental assistance in the form of supportive housing to those who have experienced homelessness.

Supportive Housing is housing with supports. The Foundation for Mental Health and the Women's Resource Center offer housing and services to over 100 individuals/families who have been homeless and are disabled or victims of domestic violence.

The Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency provides case management and funds to help people be "rapidly rehoused."

Supportive Housing is a proven method of helping people maintain permanent, safe, affordable housing.

Check out websites such as the Corporation for Supportive Housing for more information.

We have the foundation on which to build a system that can reduce homelessness.

If we truly coordinate our efforts — and don't compete for valuable resources — we can significantly decrease the number of people who are homeless.

Cheryl Naperala

Traverse City

The writer is Coordinator of the Greater Grand Traverse Area Continuum of Care

Promotes discrimination

We were dismayed after reading the paragraph in Barbara Budros' Oct. 25 letter in which she encouraged voters to discriminate on the basis of class.

In her endorsement of a judicial candidate, she asked if voters should choose, "A candidate who was born and raised in Traverse City or one who was born in Canada and only recently became a United States citizen?"

Her inference is that a citizen who was born in Traverse City is worthier to hold a public position than a candidate who chose to become a citizen.

This suggestion belies the law and serves no purpose other than to promote discrimination against naturalized citizens.

All judicial candidates should be selected based on their qualifications. But no one should vote for or against a candidate based on membership in a particular class, whether that class is race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or origin of citizenship.

One of the strengths of our city is that it has a history of fighting against class discrimination. So when a city commissioner writes a paragraph like this, it is more than disappointing.

Ms. Budros should apologize, and her comments should be renounced.

Brenda Jones Quick and Albert T. Quick

Traverse City

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