Sunday, March 26, 2023
March 26, 2023

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Letter: Safe Stay sites help community


After reading “Prospect of third Safe Stay site in downtown Vancouver troubles neighbors” (The Columbian, Sept. 14), I feel as though I can empathize with the people’s concerns, but I don’t think they have as much to worry about as they think.

As the article states, to live there residents must go through background checks and other people will be around to assist and keep order. The neighbors of the two sites that were already established haven’t had any issues with those living there, so I don’t necessarily see why they are so nervous about a new one being close to them. It’s not like this is the first site being opened and the Safe Stays have actually proven to help the communities they are a part of. If people really support helping the homeless like they say, then they shouldn’t have an issue with a new Safe Stay site.