An interesting proposal is being developed by Greensboro’s city government.
There is a desire to provide housing for the homeless. The city is accordingly proposing a “Pallet Shelter” project. Approximately thirty of these tiny houses are being planned. They will be located on the ballfield at Pomona Park.
In reality, these homes are reminiscent of the sheds most of us have in our backyard. They are proposing to house the homeless in a group of sheds on a ballfield.
Our fearless Republican city councilman, Zack Matheny, has a number of questions. The first among these– believe it or not– is whether city shelters have received the required LGBT sensitivity training. You can count on Zack to ask the tough, vital questions.
There is also some concern that this particular ballfield is used by the disabled, and that this group will be displaced.
But I have a fairly important question also. Our region is subject to occasional tornadoes. Are these sheds-for-the-homeless to be attached securely to a stable foundation? Or will the tornado lift up these sheds with the homeless inside and turn them into flying projectiles, in a manner akin to the Wizard of Oz?
That, of course, would be a safety issue. But it also could be a massive liability issue for the city’s taxpayers, particularly when there are relatives standing by, eager to “cash in”.