04/19/04 Harry Hines is wrong place
for a homeless shelter.
are notes I took at
Weisfeld spoke about the homeless situation in Dallas. I was interested in what
he had to say because his brother Ronald owns the Harry Hines location being
considered for the Homeless Shelter.
a wealth of information about
situation in Dallas.
went to great lengths to avoid commenting
on the Harry Hines
site, which was of great interest to several of us attending the meeting.
an interesting man who works hard
get what he wants.
learned a lot by watching and listening to him. He is a smart cleaver man who
knows how to get what he wants.
I asked him directly
about the Harry Hines site,
his answer was vague.
did admit asking his brother
Harry Hines property
sell it to
the city at a loss.
He claims it is valued at $8
willing to sell it for
What a brother!
are some issues Mr. Weisfeld
1. The City counts the homeless every winter and summer. The last count in
Dallas in January 2004 was 5,182. The City pays $10,000/yr per homeless
person. In a forceful way he
these people need a safe place to stay. He mentioned a couple of places
downtown where they can go BUT
implied they were
some require them to
hear about the Bible to stay.
He thinks the city
needs to provide them a
better place for them to live.
do not realize that
the homeless don't have a voice they own
Dallas after dark. (THIS IS THE MAIN PROBLEM in my opinion). Most prefer to
wonder or sleep on the streets. Their
keeps people from wanting to be
which then hurts the dreams and plans our city has for
improving the Central Business District.
also hurts the plans developers have for
the poor taxpayer's
fault who live and pay taxes because they reside inside the city of Dallas?
3. HUD has told the city
needs to have more affordable homes. The number quoted was 100,000.
Herschel seems to think we need
Single Room Occupancy (SRO-Flop House's) rooms. Much like what New York City,
Herschel thinks we
agencies under one roof.
He also proposes that
the agencies be combined under one director so the resources can be used to
assist the homeless rather than multiple high dollar directors.
there are around 60
to provide service to homeless people.
He wants the shelter
a phone bank and mail boxes
for people wanting to get in touch with the residents
with job offers,
are out there trying to find a job
5. No one wants a
close to their
some neighborhood will have to be sacrificed in order for progress to be made.
I suggest Mr. Weisfeld look for a location close to his
since the homeless cause is so important to him. To me
not only wants to
them out of
(which is what he really wants to do) but
his heart is in the
right place about the people who are homeless.
Mr. Weisfeld spoke passionately
that the Harry Hines
is surrounded by
has no tax base.
There is a huge gas station across Harry Hines that probably pays much in
property taxes. He said the shelter should have
an open space area
for those homeless people
do not want to
inside a building.
Harry Hines location
drive through Dallas on I-35
see a tent city.
what Dallas needs.
As I left,
person stated that the Harry Hines location is the best one because
neighborhood is filled
people who never vote nor care what is
their homes. The arrogance of some people!
Just because someone is poor or uneducated does not mean they should
hundreds of people who choose not to live by the standards of society
dumped on them.
May I remind Mr. Weisfeld and others who think like him that everyone has
worth. Especially these people who own homes nearby and pay taxes.
Is this fair for hard working people to pay money in taxes so those who choose
not to work can live off of them (indirectly) and ruin their way of life?
This problem by law is the
refuse to take care
of it. Herschel said the County is unable
to take care of it because the money that is allocated for the homeless problem
throughout the state is divided between ALL cities in the state.
it has become such a HUGE problem
the city will have to take the initiative in finding a solution.
City Councilman Steve Salazar is our main hope in NW. The site is in his
6. If he
continues to fight for us and
reject that site,
will support him.
I urge everybody to encourage City Councilman Steve Salazar. No one will vote
against him if he takes the stand that he does not want the Homeless Shelter at
the Harry Hines location.
I want to go on record to say that I do not want the Harry Hines location
It is too close to our neighborhoods, parks and businesses.
the problem is one that belongs to the
a site outside Dallas but
within Dallas County
can be found that is
not near homes or
parks. A place where they can house the homeless. But also a place where they
can be trained to do some type of work. Otherwise,
homelessness will be something that we approve for people to live without
responsibilities for the rest of their life.
Please stay informed about this problem;
they will try
to stick it in at the Harry Hines location.
Mary Lou Montes Zijderveld