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A clinic is not a homeless shelter

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THIS .... The Austin, Texas Homeless Resource Center
  • THIS .... The Austin, Texas Homeless Resource Center

Re the Democrat-Gazette's extensive front-page article about a former Austin, Texas mayor who said a huge, state-of-the-art homeless shelter in Austin had perhaps deterred downtown redevelopment for a block or so around the building, but not elsewhere:

Mayor Mark Stodola chimed in with harrumphing about the proposed VA clinic he's trying to block at 10th and Main.

A day clinic — not strictly for homeless veterans, without residential facilities and open only to military veterans who've agreed to terms of service — is not a homeless shelter.

The Austin Center (and I'd be proud to have such a facility in Little Rock) provides overnight lodging to 100 men per night. And it's a day shelter from the elements for 10,000 men and women a year. It is not a VA day clinic that closes every night and that it is not open to all who wander in.

I remain stunned that the city seems prepared to force the Veterans Affairs Department to go to court to get a building permit because it wants to spend $300,000 to make something akin to a medical clinic out of a building that has stood vacant for years. Here's the building owner's schooling of the city over its bald effort to stop the vets clinic, facts be damned.

PS — Here's a report done by the building owner on the replacement value of the building. It pretty well blows the city's figures out of the water.

IS NOT THIS ... The VAs day clinic for veterans at 2nd and Ringo, which needs more space.
  • ... IS NOT THIS: The VA's day clinic for veterans at 2nd and Ringo, which needs more space.

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