Letter to the editor: Homeless shelter a red herring
April 11, 2017 at 4 a.m.
The argument that Marshall needs a homeless shelter instead of an animal shelter is a red herring. Animal control is a health and safety issue and thus a core function of city government, which is why most animal shelters are run by the police department.
Homeless shelters are usually operated by a non-profit or municipal agency, or they are associated with a church. They almost always have Section 501(c)3 corporate organization with a Board of Directors pulled from various sectors of the community.
Homeless individuals within the U.S. receive assistance through various Federal programs. Examples include Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs. The Department of Veterans Affairs helps homeless veterans and constitutes the largestnetwork of homeless centers within the U.S.
The Marshall Housing Authority maintains low income housing in Marshall, so housing is not an issue related to the shelter either. There are enough resources available that nobody has to be homeless.
To bring up homelessness when addressing the need for a new animal shelter is akin to being distracted by a shiny object. It is not a do this instead of that question, and Eric Neal is disingenuous to portray it that way.
Cathy Carter, Marshall