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Re: “Chapel Hill NIMBYs oppose new homeless shelter site

The issue of race has nothing to do with our opposition to the shelter. In fact, to anyone paying attention to the presentation Monday night, we welcomed to the town hall our friends and neighbors from Rainbow Heights, a primarily African American public housing community. Parkside residents have been in close contact with Rainbow Heights residents adn that community is ALSO against the location of the shelter. They have signed the circulating petition as well. All of us--citizens of Chapel Hill--white, black, Asian and Indian--of many varying socioeconimic backgrounds--oppose the location of the shelter for three reasons: 1) its close proximity to the park and residential neighborhoods, 2) the unintended consequences it will cause, and 3)the inequitable distribution of human services it places on NW Chapel Hill. And we are concerned about 1 and 2 because there is a direct correlation between homessless and crime, substance abuse, and sever mental illness. According to the 10 yr plan to end homeless in Ornage County 30% of the homeless come from teh criminal justice system, 23% are severely mentally ill, and a whipping 37% are substance abusers. These are the people--NOT people of other races--that I do not want near my children.

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Posted by TCS2 on 10/23/2009 at 2:17 PM

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