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NIMBYism stands in way of progress

I was really saddened when I read the front page article entitled “GV neighbors organize to block housing for mentally ill.”

We have a situation in our county where the Grand Jury has reported something must be done about the “homeless population,” though they did not investigate the programs like Hospitality House, which are part of the solution … and when other assessments have indicated that “homeless population” includes folks down on their luck, out of work, and some with “mental health issues” we have another possible “part of the solution” of providing housing and mental health treatment … and then neighborhood folks say “not in my backyard!”

The logic escapes me when having folks who need mental health treatment wandering the streets is “safer” for our children than providing the treatment which is needed, in a supervised environment … and in my opinion, property values ought to go up in a neighborhood where homeowners are willing to be part of the solution instead of more of the problem. The folks who are “down on their luck, out of work, and maybe mentally ill” could be anyone in your family, or maybe even you!



Barbara Dean

Grass Valley


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