Above Gravity and Completely Off Balance are two bands that I know have direct ties to Girls Rock - Both are on Facebook and Reverbnation. Above Gravity is an All-Female band Completely Off Balance is interesting, because it is 50/50 with Elayna Madden (Who is a graduate and now Summer Counselor) for Girl's Rock splits the song-writing, lead guitar and vocals with Nathaniel Wells. The hard-rocking drummer is Jewell (also of Above Gravity and a Counselor at Girls Rock) with Alex Haggis on Bass. So, yeah, Girls Rock has a lot to do with this as well as Jane Francis of Double Decker Bus Music in Orange county and her husband Jay Manley (Hindugrass and Double Decker).
Actually, you couldn't be more wrong. Hillsborough has some much better sites. Beyond that, Homelessness was largely caused be de-institutionalization for the most part. No city planner would ever think this is a good idea.
The hardcore Homeless (not in the Shelter) are usually mentally ill or on drugs. It shows a lack of understanding of the issue to think that simply providing food and Shelter to only 52 of the 288 Homeless in Orange County will do anything to solve the problem.
The extra draw of people to the Park will cause an overflow problem resulting in the necessity of a Police presence to push out the non-compliant (with the IFC program) Homeless from the Park.
Citizen's petition for expedited review and changing a law - The citizen is the architectural firm selected to build the proposed Shelter
Q&A stating the lack of Public Process in site selection
The debate is not about the diverse communities impacted by the shelter. The debate is about whether there was a true siting process.
I implore the IFC supporters to stop trying to categorize the opposition as uninformed and show us some real information. Should faith organizations really be so judgmental?
How do the UCC families that use their childcare facilities feel about having former prisoners and a large group of men within easy walking distance of their children while they are at school?
Why is "what's good for Downtown Business" the only reason to decide on a shelter location?
Also, why are the people in favor of the shelter site unable to name good reasons to locate it at the site 2 minutes from the entrance of Homestead Park?
The side who wants to build the Homestead Park Homeless Shelter seems only able to try to categorize the residents of the Northwest Corridor as bad people.
Where are the values of empathy, dialogue and understanding for everybody?
We are asking for an impact study, full daylight process and an end to baseless attacks that are so laughable.
If the Council was as diverse as Ranbow Heights, Parkside and Vineyard Square the concerns of citizens might trump the concerns of business.
Last night I counted 10 men at 7:15 sitting outside the shelter smoking. So with this close (2 minutes along MLK) proximity to the Soccer Fields in Homestead Park what steps will be taken to ensure a healthy, smoke-free environment for the players using that park?
First, the Homestead Park Area Homeless Shelter will be in everyone's back yard.
Second, I take great offense to the question of race brought up by one of the posters, since the Parkside neighborhood is one of the most ethnically diverse communities in the area. I am actually the only person of Western European Descent living on my section of the street. My immediate neighbors are 40% Asian and 60% African-American. So I am offended by your baseless and blatantly racist comments.
So your gross mischaracterization of the demographic make-up of this community shows a lack of understanding of the demographics of this area. It also is racist to assume that the majority homeless population in Chapel Hill is black. I don't have the demographic data, but I have seen one or two African-American Homeless people.
But thank you for pointing out the major issue. The people calling people who use Homestead Park NIMBYs don't actually live here. Most don't live in Chapel Hill from what I can tell.
The Shelter is one part of what needs to be a broad discussion and work to end Homelessness. What concerns me is that people are quick to assume that people who live in the suburbs are white, and that is the most racist thing of all.
One reason, I live in Parkside is the diversity here. We have Indian (from India), East Asian, Middle Eastern, Russian, Chinese, Korean, African-American and White people. Our community is a model for integration and racial harmony.
Perhaps, some of you should take a walk around our neighborhood and stop assuming that you know who lives in the suburbs. It's sad that a community as diverse as the Northwest part of town is being completely misrepresented by the Media and people who have never set foot in our neighborhood.
While I respect your experience as a volunteer, let's not forget that the shelter houses 52 men. The total Homeless Male population is far greater than that. The issue is what steps will be taken to mitigate the milling around at the entrance to the Homestead Park.
I counted 5 men in front of the Rosemary Street Facility on Monday at 10 am.
In most communities an Impact Study is done to assess the site. Where is this documentation?
We did more research on changing the name of Airport Road to MLK than we have so far on this facility. Homestead Park is used by everyone. Having 5 men hanging out in front of a Park smoking cigarettes and joking would give me pause - homeless or not.
The backyard question is interesting. Arguably, by building the Homestead Park Homeless Shelter, they are putting it in the backyard of everyone who uses Homestead Park. While the residents live nearby, everyone from Rainbow Soccer to the folks who have children in the UCC programs to the Chapel Hill Little League, Aquatics Center, Skateboarders, Dog Park users, etc. will have to deal with the overflow.
Other than having a mailbox on MLK, this site is actually at the entrance of Homestead Park. Siting a homeless shelter in a Public Park is never a good idea.
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