Re-open Closed Floor at Ann Arbor’s Homeless Shelter with Funds Designated for Deer Cull
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Ann Arbor's Delonis Center homeless shelter was forced to close an entire floor last year due to local funding cuts—eliminating 27 beds. Last winter was mild, fortunately, but this winter is predicted to be especially cold and wet. And right now, over 60 people are on the wait list for temporary shelter in Ann Arbor.
That means people who are homeless must be turned away and forced to live on the street, putting their health and safety in serious jeopardy.
It also makes it harder to connect vulnerable individuals with needed services, such as mental health treatment, hunger relief, job training and help moving into permanent supportive housing.
Opening the entire shelter to help those who need emergency temporary housing would cost just $110,000. The beds are already there. Ann Arbor has the money. We don’t need to pay any extra in taxes. We just need to get our priorities straight.
While decreasing the dollars that go to the homeless shelter, the city has increased spending for “deer management.” In fact, City Council just agreed to spend $370,000 this winter alone to kill, sterilize and track deer in Ann Arbor. We’re paying tax dollars to shut down our parks, bait and shoot deer, and study the plants that deer are eating—while turning away human beings who desperately need our help.
Let's save people's lives instead of killing deer.
About petition author: I am an emeritus professor of social work at the University of Michigan. My views are my own and do not represent those of the University.
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