[Hpn] BAN HOMELESS from Business Improvement Districts? Why or why not?

Tom Boland wgcp@earthlink.net
Fri, 1 Dec 2000 22:19:23 -0800 (PST)

Is it ethical or useful to ban services for homeless and poor people from operating in Business Improvement Districts? Why or why not? The related article below, on a Service Center siting controversy, states: "The building is in the Central Business District Zone, which does not allow soup kitchens, homeless shelters or missions." http://newsfinder.arinet.com/fpweb/fp.dll/$stargeneral/htm/x_dv.htm/_ibyx/cg0302 6/_itox/starnet/_svc/news/_Id/689721240/_k/MG38ewJV436ZPXrD FWD Associated Press - AP Wire Service - Nov 30, 2000 CITY SEEKS TO KEEP CHURCH FROM OPENING CENTER DOWNTOWN OGDEN, Utah (AP) _ The city is seeking to prevent a church from opening a center downtown for low-income people. The New Day Christian Resource Life Center wants to open the facility for low-income people to ``reconstruct their lives.'' ``It's interesting that the city would come out against something that wants to help the city,'' New Day director/pastor Ray Sarter said. ``There are locations where they (homeless shelters and soup kitchens) are appropriate, and downtown is not one of them,'' said Greg Montgomery, city planning manager. The building is in the Central Business District Zone, which does not allow soup kitchens, homeless shelters or missions. Sarter said the center is none of the above. He said New Day requires participants to sign a six-month contract to stay in the program. It is meant to help people who are low-income, but not necessarily homeless, become productive citizens and reconstruct their lives. ``We are not going to be a slop house,'' Sarter said. Sarter said participants, many of whom have government benefits, agree to pay 30 percent of their income for rent. They will also be required to attend classes for resume writing, life skills, job placement, personal finance and spirituality. The zoning restrictions have been around since the mid 80's, Montgomery said. What is new is that in the last year, the city has ``strengthened the regulations'' behind the zoning after becoming concerned that ``every other house was a rehab, and there was no neighborhood left. ``If you want to promote downtown, you don't do it by making it so people don't want to go down there,'' Montgomery said. AP-WS-11-30-00 0536EST Received Id AP100335708B09F7 on Nov 30 2000 11:36 END FORWARD **In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without charge or profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving this type of information for non-profit research and educational purposes only.** *********************************************************** 9000+ articles by or via homeless & ex-homeless people INFO & to join/leave list - Tom Boland <wgcp@earthlink.net> Nothing About Us Without Us - Democratize Public Policy ***********************************************************