No Low-Barrier Shelter in Eastside Olympia

Concerned Eastside Neighbors is a group of residents in Olympia’s Eastside Neighborhood who stand together in strong opposition to the placement of a low-barrier homeless shelter (the People’s House) in or adjacent to the neighborhood. The proposed shelter is considered “low-barrier” because it will have minimal rules for those seeking its services. Identification will not be required, which means that critical details regarding the individuals served — including sex offender status and violent criminal history — may remain unknown. Under proposed shelter rules, those under the influence will be accepted, but those in possession of weapons and drugs will be turned away — into our neighborhood. The low-barrier shelter is where we draw the line. To us, the low-barrier shelter translates to high risk for our families and neighbors. While we, as individuals, may hold differing opinions on whether a low-barrier shelter warrants a place in Olympia, we all agree that such a shelter does not belong in a residential area. This shelter does not belong in or near the Eastside Neighborhood. Please support our efforts and sign our petition which will be presented to Olympia City Council.


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Concerned Eastside Neighbors is composed of many individuals who proudly call Olympia’s Eastside Neighborhood home.

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    Nadezhda, China

    11 months ago Comments: that while it is a worry, it is highly uniellky. What we did do to mitigate this was to put a thin (3-4 /25mm high) layer of drain rock at the bottom of the beds. Most people told us that the drain rock, while porous would likely not draw moisture up into the boxes, like soil would. We separated the soil from the drain rock with a layer filter fabric (aka landscape fabric). This led to some concern about water perching between the soil and the drain rock, however are soil depth was great enough (18 /450mm) that this wasn't seen as a major concern. Of course, over time the filter fabric will get clogged but that is a few years off. One thought on contaminants seeping up, and this is only a hypothesis, is that the amount of irrigation on the beds is likely to mean that water will almost always be flowing downward, thereby pushing moisture outwards, not drawing it inwards. A final warning: there is no way to know if contaminants will be an issue until after the produce is tested. We expect to perform those tests in due course and will let you know the results, good or bad.2. What kind of barrier is there between your raised bed and the asphalt? (It looked like plastic on the video)Filter fabric. See your previous question.3. What about drainage? Did you add gravel or woodchips to the bottom of the containers?Filter fabric. See your previous question.4. What are the dimensions of your raised beds?4 (1200mm) width x 12 (4800mm) length x 18 (450mm) high. I would say these dimensions work well individually, but don't work so well when put together, because they become too wide for people to reach.We have since been told that much smaller, narrower planters work better, but my response to that is they become more labour intensive to build always an important consideration with volunteer builds.
    Are you an Eastside Neighborhood resident?: No
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    Deborah Shawver, United States

    12 months ago Comments: -
    Are you an Eastside Neighborhood resident?: Yes
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    Molly Mellon, United States

    12 months ago Comments: -
    Are you an Eastside Neighborhood resident?: Yes
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