Homeless people aren’t lowering property taxes

The previous clientele of the Thunderbird were not significantly different than the current individuals

There are a few thoughts I’d like to share after last weeks’ meeting regarding the homeless of Hope. One is about the lowering of property values. From what I heard, it seemed to me that the previous clientele of the Thunderbird was not significantly different than the current individuals – other than the fact that they are now a recognized group with funded supports. Does this make them an easier target? Did the same people not wander by before, lowering the property values then?

One fact is that this group is achieving goals deemed successful by the provincial government to the point where they are offering money. (Not to detract from the individuals’ achievement of personal goals with other rewards). What an opportunity.

Can this not be a selling feature by lauding the existence of highly qualified and dedicated workers who are making a noticeable difference in our community?

People of a similar description moved into my neighbourhood a few years back. They walk and hitch into town. My property value hasn’t budged in all those years. A friend who lives close to the centre of town talks to the folks who like to share her garden harvest as they cruise by. She knows them, chats with  them and is not afraid.

As someone famous once said; the poor are always with us.

As for those who contribute to and read the negative Facebook sites in town – have you ever considered that people who are thinking of coming to live and work in Hope are repulsed by these rants? That you might be lowering your own property values by turning them off?

I was surprised to hear the percentages of homeless that Hope has in comparison to other communities and realize that is a concern for management. But I do know that, as in all things in life, you play the hand you are dealt.

Thank you to all the people who are working so hard on the behalf of us all.

Janet Rigby

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