Community Healthlink is dumping another social service program in Worcester called Home Again at 62 Elm St. This program incorporates the “Housing First” concept for junkies and prostitutes. This is bad news. We need to upgrade Elm Street, not downgrade it.
A Christian clergyman supporting Home Again said that Worcester is called by God to help the poor. True, but God doesn’t call us to destroy Worcester with too many poverty programs. In fact, the Lord Jesus would never support the task force’s plan to end homelessness because of the injustice of the plan. The plan places all the burden on Worcester, and allows surrounding towns to snob-zone against the poor.
Remember, CitySquare, Gateway Park and the Hanover Theatre will become meaningless if we lose our neighborhoods to poverty. Worcester already has too many poor and an insufficient high-income population. If we continue letting towns like Southboro take in the high-income people, while Worcester takes in all the welfare people from the Third World, Worcester will become the junkyard of the metropolitan area.
Also, city employees should support homeowners in their fight to save their neighborhoods from being dumped on, because dumping will drive out the people who finance the city and pay for union contracts. The unions should remember that it’s the homeowners, not the nonprofits, who pay the salaries of the union membership, and that service providers like Healthlink helped to destroy the city of Springfield, costing many police and firefighters their jobs
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