The homeless day center slated to open this fall in central Vancouver raised concerns and questions among residents of surrounding neighborhoods who weren’t sure what to expect.
Will people be allowed to camp? What about trash? How will the city make sure the day center lives up to certain standards?
A new document, called the good neighbor commitment, outlines the city’s commitment to addressing those concerns.
“It’s our commitment to the neighborhood of what we will do,” said Peggy Sheehan, community and economic development programs manager. She fielded a lot of questions during public forums about the day center. “It just seems like the right thing to do to let folks know what to expect.”
The good neighbor commitment was drafted by the city and representatives from the Maplewood and Rose Village neighborhood associations, the two groups that had appealed the city’s decision to use 2018 Grand Blvd., a former state Fish and Wildlife building, as a day center. (The appeal was later rejected by the hearings examiner and the city.)