No Homeless Shelter, For Schoolchildren's Safety

No Homeless Shelter, For Schoolchildren's Safety

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Dear City Council Members, 
 
As residents of the City of Davis, we strongly object to the City’s proposal to build a homeless shelter at 3559 Second Street (Dave Pelz bike overcrossing). This proposal has grossly neglected an utmost issue: the safety and security of our schoolchildren, the most vulnerable population. 
 
The proposed location of homeless shelter lies directly underneath the Dave Pelz bike overcrossing, the only bike and pedestrian conduit that more than 200 schoolchildren use to travel from south Davis to two elementary schools and one junior high school in east Davis. The impact of proposed homeless shelter, including but not limited to sanitary risks, substance abuse, and potentially illegal activities, cannot be effectively shielded from our children. While we feel strongly that the issue of homelessness must be addressed in every city, we also believe that the safety of our children drastically outweighs the benefits of this proposed location.   
 
In order for this shelter to operate at its proposed location, the City must comply with a ZERO tolerance policy in order to protect our children’s safety, security and wellbeing, and prevent undue influences from illicit behavior. If one incident of public indecency or drug proliferation or any harm to a child occurs, residents will demand the immediate and complete closure of the homeless shelter. Furthermore, the good intention behind this shelter would pale in comparison to the huge financial consequences and prolonged litigation against the City of Davis and its taxpayers if such incidents occur.  
 
We request the City of Davis to please reconsider this shelter location as we believe that the proposed mitigation measures are simply insufficient to ensure a zero-incident environment surrounding the proposed location because of the close proximity of the shelter to so many of our children.