Denial of Ohio home for homeless vets reversed

A planning commission in the southwestern Ohio city of Middletown has reversed course and approved a plan to provide housing and substance-abuse treatment for homeless veterans.
Associated Press
Oct 11, 2013

 

The commission voted Wednesday to allow three to five homeless veterans to live in a residential home as they get treatment and look for work.

The decision is a reversal from the commission’s vote against the home in August, when panel members said the neighborhood might not be the best fit.

Several neighbors spoke out against the home in August, saying the veterans could exacerbate the area’s existing drug problem. Supporters said the veterans needed a place to pick themselves back up and would be required to undergo random drug testing in order to stay.

Walter Gilbert, who runs the Dayton-based Holt Street Miracle Center, said the city had given him the run-around when he tried to appeal the commission’s first decision and only responded once he obtained an attorney.

“Our whole intention is to help these guys that served our country,” Gilbert said. “If we don’t have a place for them to get their life together, where are they going to go?”

Comments

lugnut2511

Shame shame on that neighborhood, it was alright for them to fight for your freedom and for some to die for your freedom, and this neighborhood shows them the thanks like this. They all should be ashamed of themselves in fact the entire commission should be as well to even entertain the thought... This just Pi$$ me off when people act like this to our own military. Then people ask why so many of our young men when they get back to the states commit suicide, it's because of the way the American people treat the ones that keep our freedom. I know I will never go to some mom n pop store or any store gas station or tavern in the city and spent one freak'n cent! F U Middletown!!!!

tcj1985

Ah yes, conservative Republican southwest Ohio.