Boulder Residents Oppose New Home For Homeless
Project Moving Forward Unless City Council Acts
Last Updated: 423 days ago
Boulder residents are opposing a new home for the homeless, saying it would hurt their quality of life. Dozens of people showed up at a City Council meeting on Tuesday for a hearing. A decision is not expected until April 3. Residents said the proposal to build a 30,000-square-foot housing project is too close to the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. According to the Boulder Daily Camera, the city's housing authority said the project would help people break the cycle of homelessness.Money for the project would come from low-income housing tax credits and grants. More than $1.2 million has already been given by the city and Boulder County.Opponents of the projects said they are worried about more people with mental health, drug and alcohol problems coming to north Boulder."Who's responsible for any issues that might occur away from the premises?" asked Marc Andreoli, at the meeting. "We need better answers to really believe our neighborhood would be protected."The housing authority said it plans around-the-clock security.Betsey Martens, executive director of Boulder Housing Partners, said plans for the project will go forward unless the City Council decides to stop it.Boulder Mayor Matt Applebaum acknowledged the emotion and concern of residents but said its not clear if the City Council will take any action at all.