Readers respond to an Inlander article about displacing homeless library patrons during the building's reconstruction

click to enlarge The second floor of the STA Plaza will become a temporary home for the downtown library. - YOUNG KWAK PHOTO
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The second floor of the STA Plaza will become a temporary home for the downtown library.

Readers respond to an Inlander article about where homeless people who use the downtown Spokane library will go during its reconstruction ("A Space for the Displaced," 11/28/19):

Kenneth Degenstein: Well everybody that's really worried about it, I have a few questions. How many of them do you take into your home? How much do you donate to the cause? How much time do you volunteer to take care of them? Think about it. Ninety percent of everybody that is complaining about it does not do or help do anything about it. I believe Spokane is gone over and beyond to help out. Maybe it's all your turn to help.

Jeremy Thornton: There's roughly 1,300 homeless people in Spokane. Many of these people become homeless by less than $400. My research has shown to be about half. We need to invest in keeping people from becoming homeless. It's much, much cheaper then getting people back on their feet, once they are homeless.

David Anderson: They can all hang out in Nadine's new office.

Nicholas Gadberry: Start the get clean or go to jail program. Then said people that get clean can get help with work and become a functioning member of society instead of handing out a hand and expecting other people to take care of them.

Matthew Ford: Maybe the people who love to virtue signal could open their doors to these poor people... oh wait, they would never do that. They expect others to do it for them.

Calvin Ulbricht: The library is not a homeless shelter.

Scott Weldon: So if you feel that taxpayer funded facilities for the general public should be the answer, feel free to be the first to open your home or better yet question why the churches that pay no taxes aren't doin it. ♦

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