Chronicle: The True Story – by Dirk Knudsen; Editor
Last week, the city announced the shelter was moving forward and was seeking public comment. The shelter has the potential to help many people in need. It will also bring more problems; it is a given. The west end of our city is a place where these problems have been escalating for far too long. Dairy Creek Park, as beautiful as it is, is a dangerous place. Needle exchanges occur regularly in the parking lot, and litter and drug use appear to be rampant. So something has to change.
“Martin v. Boise (full case name Robert Martin, Lawrence Lee Smith, Robert Anderson, Janet F. Bell, Pamela S. Hawkes and Basil E. Humphrey c. City of Boise) was a 2018 decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in response to a lawsuit filed in 2009 by six homeless plaintiffs against the city of Boise, Idaho regarding the city’s anti-camping ordinance. The ruling ruled that cities cannot enforce anti-corruption measures.camping prescriptions if they don’t have enough homeless shelter beds available for their homeless population. This did not necessarily mean that a city could not apply any restrictions on camping on public property.
In 2019, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal of the case, leaving precedent intact in the nine western states under the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregonand Washington).“
The Herald has a call to City Hall to see where we stand with Martin VS Boise. This shelter and others can give Hillsboro enough shelter beds to prohibit camping and sleeping on public property. This shelter is certainly designed to be a step in that direction. We will return to this question in the coming days.
READ NOW BELOW – RISE AND BECOME – Make your voice heard
THE 411: From The City Press Release– Info to attend-
Do you use Dairy Creek Park? Are you a resident or business owner/employee near the future shelter site at the corner of SW 17th Ave and TV Hwy?
If so, we want to hear from you on the key elements of the future shelter project.
Please join us for upcoming focus groups/listening sessions for those who live, work or play near the future project site to learn more and provide feedback.
Both virtual and in-person options are available. The Spanish language will be available at both events.
Focus groups/listening sessions were created to learn more about this project and provide feedback on elements of the project, including:
- Important visual elements of the shelter site
- What is important in a refuge operator
- Key Elements of a Good Neighbor Agreement
Here’s a 2019 video the Herald shot when Camp Hope was growing just west of this proposed site.