I understand Denver is in the midst of a homeless crisis. However, the proposed microcommunity for the Yale location is a terrible idea.
From Denver’s own Yale Corridor Report the area has a 340% higher pedestrian crash rate per mile than average.
This is on the boundary of Denver and Arapahoe counties and this can create great confusion in terms of policing jurisdiction. This is also adjacent to an enclave neighborhood with families with small children. In addition, there are two schools within 1,000 feet of the proposed Yale site. This is not a good area for these types of services to be in. I also understand the parameters that go along with this community plan. The problem lies in the activities that are not allowed in the shelters (law breaking, drug use, drug sales etc.) will be facilitated within our neighborhood. This is unacceptable.
If you are truly representing your constituents, this plan cannot be enacted. We do not want this in our community.
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Subject: Concerns about East Yale Corridor in Our Neighborhood
Dear Mayor/Commissioner/Council Woman,
I hope this email finds you well. I am writing to express my concerns regarding the implementation of tiny homes for homelessness in our neighborhood. I would like to clarify that my concerns do not stem from opposition to addressing homelessness; rather, my apprehension arises from the potential strain on our existing infrastructure and services that might result from the introduction of additional housing units.
I fully understand the urgency and importance of providing shelter for homeless individuals in our community, and I believe it is our moral duty to ensure their well-being. However, I believe that in order to effectively support this initiative, we need to carefully consider the capacity of our neighborhood's infrastructure to handle the increased demand that additional housing units might bring. The study done by the city in 2021 outlines these concerns.
Our neighborhood, while vibrant and welcoming, already faces challenges related to infrastructure and services, such as transportation, sewage, water supply, and waste management. The introduction of more housing units, even if they are tiny homes, could potentially exacerbate these challenges and strain our already limited resources. I am concerned that a lack of proper planning and preparation could lead to unintended consequences that may impact the quality of life for both current residents and the new occupants of the tiny homes.
I urge you to consider a comprehensive approach that not only addresses homelessness but also takes into account the capacity of our existing infrastructure. This might involve conducting thorough assessments of our community's infrastructure and services to ensure they can accommodate the additional housing units without compromising the well-being of anyone involved.
Furthermore, I believe that involving the community in these discussions and decisions would be beneficial. Soliciting input from residents, businesses, and community organizations could help identify potential challenges and opportunities that might not have been considered otherwise.
I appreciate the efforts being made to address homelessness in our neighborhood, and I am confident that with careful planning and collaboration, we can find solutions that benefit both those in need and our community as a whole. I am willing to volunteer my time and expertise if it would be of any help in assessing the infrastructure requirements and ensuring a smooth integration of the tiny homes.
Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing more about the plans and actions being taken to address these concerns.