Topekans concerned about the welfare of the homeless met in NOTO to discuss options. The Rescue Mission seems to be the problem
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The Topeka Rescue Mission Couldnt Be Bothered To Attend.

Read between the lines here: The rescue mission did not send anyone to this meeting but instead says they are going to do their own “Series of informational meetings…” (Thats probably Feaker-Speak for just giving a sermon then asking for money.) No doubt that Feaker and the rescue mission will do what they have always done: Immediately go to war against this new coalition al while ACTING like they are “Cooperating”, but sabotaging them and stabbing them in the backs. Thats what the Mission is known for.
I find it a bit ironic that this meeting was held at Serendipity. I guess the fact that the TPD have been pushing the homeless into North Topeka is affecting the profitability of some businesses in NOTO?
But many people including city councilpersons said that one problem is “The lack of transparency in local agencies.”…naming the rescue mission but ALSO implicating Valeo and Shawnee Co health Dept etc.

One thing that Homeless activist and street outreach workers know is that a huge percentage of the homeless are people who have been rejected from the Mission and From Valeo Behavioral Health Care for very minor infractions of murky and irradically enforced “rules”.

And obviously the skyrocketing cost of housing and real estate is crushing more and more people, spitting them out of affordable housing. And we have more empty houses in Toipeka than we have homeless people, yet no one can seem to sew these peices together in a good fit.

Community forms coalition to help with homeless crisis in North Topeka

Concerns over Topeka’s rising unsheltered population are pushing some to call for action.

By Victoria Cassell

Published: Jul. 17, 2023 at 10:45 PM CDT|Updated: 2 hours ago

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Concerns over Topeka’s rising unsheltered population are pushing some to call for action.

Members of the North Topeka community met for a meeting Monday night at Serendipity in NOTO and say the issue is getting out of hand.

Find the video here:
https://www.wibw.com/2023/07/18/community-forms-coalition-help-with-homeless-crisis-north-topeka/

Now the concerned Topeka residents have formed a coalition to solve the homeless crisis in District 2 and beyond.

“Its a call to action. Its a how do we fix it before we have a major problem. I’m from southern California so I’m very well aware of homeless situations, mental health issues all of the things that all of the communities have been facing in bigger cities for a long time we’re now starting to see more of it here. So if we take a forward positive action first and we work together I think we can come up with some good solutions,” says Business owner, Heather Graves.

Community members, business owners and elected officials Monday night referenced an array of public health and safety concerns due to encampments and the unsheltered.

District 2, Councilwoman, Christina Valdivia-Alcala says she knows firsthand the district she grew up in has been known as a red-line area that has been forgotten and often ignored.

This is something that talks about quality of life, it is health and safety, we have a low to moderate-income district here, there is bleeding out going on because of this crisis on both sides of the bridge and we also see that it is starting to impact Topeka as a whole. So I’m here and I’m in it and have been for three and a half years,” says Valdivia-Alcala.

Valdivia-Alcala also says a strong stance from residents might open the eyes of city leaders to their plight.

“What we’re seeing is that coalitions are starting to form that I definitely support and work alongside with that are saying enough is enough and they want accountability. They want transparency. They want to be part of the solution and that is being echoed towards the City of Topeka and its also being echoed toward the Topeka Rescue Mission and it’s also being echoed towards a number of social service agencies that interface with the unsheltered population,” says Valdivia-Alcala.

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