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Re: “Why Was a Wake County Woman’s Lawsuit Settled Against Her Will?

I know that it is natural to assume a governmental entity is guilty, especially when it is reported that the office or official "declined an interview, did not respond" or "claimed to not be able to speak about the issue being discussed", however rather than a silent admittance of guilt; the refusal to speak is your assurance that someone in that office takes their duty seriously.
Ms. Porter skillfully interjected these refusals to respond as though it were proof of some insidious plan by Wake County employees. While I am deeply saddened by the fact that Ms. Fitzpatrick has not had her housing needs met, I am also troubled that this story has been presented completely as fact. No Ms. Porter you would not have gotten a response from anyone who is currently "serving the citizens of Wake County". Wake County employees are restrained from discussing matters such as these at risk of termination of employment. For the record matters such as these include: when you or I, John Q Public apply for assistance, when someone seeks medical assistance from one of the clinics, when someone comes in looking for services for an elderly parent, when someone is unable to care for a child or when someone seeks housing assistance. It's called confidentiality and even when it would clear a maligned person's name they can't provide you with the information which could possibly clear up the entire matter and set the record straight. So please don't pepper your reporting with these innuendos as if it's proof of wrong doing.

Again, at the end of the day, Ms. Fitzpatrick is without housing and that is truly sad. However it seems unproductive and a bit of a stroll into sensationalism to name County employees whom I suspect you know very well are unable to defend or discuss the things Ms. Fitzpatrick claims. It would be a more fruitful effort to inquire what "undesignated" funds flow into Wake County which could be used for housing but for whatever the reasons are not being used for housing. Those kinds of questions are not answered at the Program level.

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Posted by msqb on 03/19/2016 at 8:25 PM

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