Praise for homeless project is off base
In her April 14 letter praising the Homeless Services Oversight Council’s (HSOC) recommendation to allocate state money to the homeless, Susan Hughes begins with a factual error, and fails to include a major problem included in that decision.
First, the HSOC did not “vote yes to increase services for our homeless population...” It simply made a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors as to which of the 18 applicants seeking available state funding should be awarded money.
Second and most important, she fails to mention that the Five Cities Homeless Coalition/People’s Self Help Housing project included in their recommendation would be located in a church surrounded by a neighborhood of single-family homes in Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande. This location would require rezoning from single family residential to Neighborhood Commercial, violates Grover Beach’s general plan and has been met with immediate and resounding opposition by neighbors near and far.
When the Board of Supervisors votes on April 23, they should look to the Paso Robles/ECHO project in the North County as a model for proper location, recognize that its South County counterpart is the polar opposite, and require that the applicants find an appropriate location before receiving any funding.
– Kevin Watkins, Arroyo Grande