Mayor [Esther] Manheimer really failed to answer [John] Penley‘s question — what is Asheville doing about veteran homelessness [“City of Asheville Works With Partners to House Veterans,” April 29, Xpress]? She wrote a great deal about what local nonprofits and federal grants are doing about it, and Asheville staff appeared to be consulting with this alphabet soup of other groups, but I was left very unclear about what was being done with the city of Asheville’s general fund or specifically with what percentage of local property tax revenue.
Meanwhile, Asheville is, of course, doing a great deal to cause veteran and other homelessness, with the UDO, unit-density limits, single-family zoning, height limits, parking requirements and prohibitions on camping and panhandling, all enforced at huge local expense by local police and hired planners.
I doubt very much if the city’s contribution to Mannheimer’s alphabet soup is making up for all that causality on a net basis.
A mayor could argue that the fire department reduces homelessness if she concedes that fire code inspections can cause it.
— Alan Ditmore