Anoka wrestles with issue of housing homeless youth

  • Article by: Jim Adams , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 26, 2013 - 8:24 PM

After vigorous debate, the City Council turned down a drop-in center’s bid to add an overnight shelter.

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ishikawaDec. 26, 13 8:15 PM

How about billing the parents? They had the kids. The kids are theirs. Hold the parents accountable.

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decembersueDec. 26, 13 8:28 PM

Utterly heartless. Makes me sad that so many who live in my county are such scrooges. The shelter's request wasn't particularly shocking. Next to public transit made it an ideal location for these kids. But in Anoka these days, with all their fancy new sidewalks and light standards downtown, there's no room at the inn, I suppose.

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getcrazyDec. 26, 13 9:06 PM

@ishikawa---"How about billing the parents? They had the kids. The kids are theirs. Hold the parents accountable."-----And equally so should we charge parents with felony assault if their kids get into fights or terrorist threats (felony as well) if they bully other children? On another note what happened to all those good Christians in the religious and conservative leaning Anoka County? Of course they believe in the 'Love thy neighbor' and all those commandments. But that doesn't mean they're actually going to follow the teachings of the bible. Get them kids out of here. Throw them to the lions right? Maybe there are good reasons these kids don't want to be at home. Maybe their parents shouldn't be around any children. Ch

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georgina17Dec. 26, 13 9:28 PM

What in the world can Ms Elvig mean by "Homelessness is a countywide problem, not just an Anoka one. We have enough. We can’t handle any more [shelters]”? That isn't even a rational way to say "Not in my backyard!" Does it mean that if there are hungry people in various parts of the country, we should do nothing locally? How do you conclude you have enough in the face of unmet needs? What is enough? If you can't handle any more shelters, tell us what your challenges are so that we can help you solve the problem rather than leave you with that burden, because we all owe it to our fellow children of God to take care of those who have the least.

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boris123Dec. 26, 13 9:38 PM

getcrazy, In case you are unaware, our justice system allows for juveniles to be held accountable for serious crimes and for change in parental custody. Further, parents can and should be prosecuted for child neglect, abuse and pedophilia among others crimes. The laws are already on the books to protect children. Enforce them, now.

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forpeopleDec. 26, 13 9:41 PM

It sounds like Carl Anderson on the Council is so determined to do things 'the right way' that he is willing to let young kids freeze to death while he takes his time figuring out what 'the right way' is. What a heartless, mean and cruel man. Action is needed now.

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rshacklefordDec. 26, 13 9:43 PM

The location is completely ideal for expansion. Right next to cheap transportation (why Northstar was built) and right next to the gov't building where those in dire need of help can meet with human services people (both within walking distance). Plus, a building's space that is immediately available. This is a win-win-win situation but for a city council that actually thinks a new coat of paint can change Anoka.

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stpaulisbestDec. 26, 13 9:58 PM

The homeless kids are there. They're everywhere. Burying your head in the sand and pretending they aren't doesn't solve the problem. But more importantly, helping (and supervising) homeless youth actually makes the community more liveable, not less. Once you realize that the homeless are all around us, especially homeless youth, you can't help but come to the conclusion that helping and supervising these youth actually reduces livability crimes. Homeless youth do whatever it takes to survive. How much better if what they have to do to survive is actually legal and non-disruptive of society.

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YellowDog2Dec. 26, 13 9:59 PM

The bottom line, gentlemen, is "save the kids!" All else is irrelevant......

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borisDec. 27, 1312:14 AM

there's a giant abandoned state hospital with 1000 rooms a block away. Jeez...

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