Not in my backyard! – Homeless, unfortunate not warmly recieved in Temecula Valley

The Press-Enterprise reports:

A partnership of the city, BRIDGE, the Temecula Murrieta Rescue Mission and Riverside County wants to build 90 apartments — 18 one-bedroom, 42 two-bedroom and 30 three-bedroom — at the site.

Thankfully our local representatives in Temecula voted 4-0 to approve a transitional housing complex. Our cry in the suburbs is always tainted with “NOT in my backyard” and misinformation.

I support this, although I will disclose that do not live in walking distance to this development. If I did, would I feel differently? How about you?

HT: InlandSocal.com & MyValleyNews.com

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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  1. A tough call! There are so many variables involved that make approval of such a development difficult. We have a “similar offering” in our town on the Reserve Base. It’s a blessing for many families to be sure.
    How I’d feel if it was next door? Good question! Honestly, on one hand I would be for it and probably make use of the opportunity to be a witness for Jesus; on the other hand, I probably would have to submit my thoughts captive to Jesus and not allow them to get negative.

    1. Its a shame that there are lying underneath the suburban surface such sentiments is my thought. We should feel positive about helping people who actually are seeking to get out of homelessness. I am not happy with myself for the mixed thinking I have. No one wants blight, but what matters most–people do.

      1. I totally agree with you… Rich, there is such a battle with the flesh when it comes to social matters, most of which is a result of personal baggage. Still, when I am weak then my Lord will show himself strong and use me in spite of my ‘feelings’ or baggage as long as I am willing to surrender them /my self/ to HIM!
        I appreciate your post more than you know. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to prompt me to keep a Godly perspective regarding people because, yes, people do matter.

  2. A tough call! There are so many variables involved that make approval of such a development difficult. We have a “similar offering” in our town on the Reserve Base. It’s a blessing for many families to be sure.
    How I’d feel if it was next door? Good question! Honestly, on one hand I would be for it and probably make use of the opportunity to be a witness for Jesus; on the other hand, I probably would have to submit my thoughts captive to Jesus and not allow them to get negative.

    1. Its a shame that there are lying underneath the suburban surface such sentiments is my thought. We should feel positive about helping people who actually are seeking to get out of homelessness. I am not happy with myself for the mixed thinking I have. No one wants blight, but what matters most–people do.

      1. I totally agree with you… Rich, there is such a battle with the flesh when it comes to social matters, most of which is a result of personal baggage. Still, when I am weak then my Lord will show himself strong and use me in spite of my ‘feelings’ or baggage as long as I am willing to surrender them /my self/ to HIM!
        I appreciate your post more than you know. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to prompt me to keep a Godly perspective regarding people because, yes, people do matter.

  3. A tough call! There are so many variables involved that make approval of such a development difficult. We have a “similar offering” in our town on the Reserve Base. It’s a blessing for many families to be sure.
    How I’d feel if it was next door? Good question! Honestly, on one hand I would be for it and probably make use of the opportunity to be a witness for Jesus; on the other hand, I probably would have to submit my thoughts captive to Jesus and not allow them to get negative.

    1. Its a shame that there are lying underneath the suburban surface such sentiments is my thought. We should feel positive about helping people who actually are seeking to get out of homelessness. I am not happy with myself for the mixed thinking I have. No one wants blight, but what matters most–people do.

      1. I totally agree with you… Rich, there is such a battle with the flesh when it comes to social matters, most of which is a result of personal baggage. Still, when I am weak then my Lord will show himself strong and use me in spite of my ‘feelings’ or baggage as long as I am willing to surrender them /my self/ to HIM!
        I appreciate your post more than you know. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to prompt me to keep a Godly perspective regarding people because, yes, people do matter.

  4. A tough call! There are so many variables involved that make approval of such a development difficult. We have a “similar offering” in our town on the Reserve Base. It’s a blessing for many families to be sure.
    How I’d feel if it was next door? Good question! Honestly, on one hand I would be for it and probably make use of the opportunity to be a witness for Jesus; on the other hand, I probably would have to submit my thoughts captive to Jesus and not allow them to get negative.

    1. Its a shame that there are lying underneath the suburban surface such sentiments is my thought. We should feel positive about helping people who actually are seeking to get out of homelessness. I am not happy with myself for the mixed thinking I have. No one wants blight, but what matters most–people do.

      1. I totally agree with you… Rich, there is such a battle with the flesh when it comes to social matters, most of which is a result of personal baggage. Still, when I am weak then my Lord will show himself strong and use me in spite of my ‘feelings’ or baggage as long as I am willing to surrender them /my self/ to HIM!
        I appreciate your post more than you know. Thank you for allowing the Lord to use you to prompt me to keep a Godly perspective regarding people because, yes, people do matter.

  5. Our Friday night ministry is with what they call “transitionally” homeless–they live in motels.
    It wouldn’t bother me to have that in my neighborhood.

    However, a lot of actually homeless people like being free.

    Over the years, we’ve recommended people to go into group homes, shelters, etc. But in order for them to be approved and to live there, they have to conform to the “house rules.” They range from curfews to attendance at Bible studies, etc.

    Also 1/3 or more of homeless people are mentally ill. Why? They don’t (won’t) take their meds and then can’t function at “normal” levels. Before the ACLU intervened, those who were extremely mentally ill lived in homes that kept them on medication.

    As you can see, there is no clear-cut solution.

    It’s sad all the way around.

  6. Our Friday night ministry is with what they call “transitionally” homeless–they live in motels.
    It wouldn’t bother me to have that in my neighborhood.

    However, a lot of actually homeless people like being free.

    Over the years, we’ve recommended people to go into group homes, shelters, etc. But in order for them to be approved and to live there, they have to conform to the “house rules.” They range from curfews to attendance at Bible studies, etc.

    Also 1/3 or more of homeless people are mentally ill. Why? They don’t (won’t) take their meds and then can’t function at “normal” levels. Before the ACLU intervened, those who were extremely mentally ill lived in homes that kept them on medication.

    As you can see, there is no clear-cut solution.

    It’s sad all the way around.

  7. Our Friday night ministry is with what they call “transitionally” homeless–they live in motels.
    It wouldn’t bother me to have that in my neighborhood.

    However, a lot of actually homeless people like being free.

    Over the years, we’ve recommended people to go into group homes, shelters, etc. But in order for them to be approved and to live there, they have to conform to the “house rules.” They range from curfews to attendance at Bible studies, etc.

    Also 1/3 or more of homeless people are mentally ill. Why? They don’t (won’t) take their meds and then can’t function at “normal” levels. Before the ACLU intervened, those who were extremely mentally ill lived in homes that kept them on medication.

    As you can see, there is no clear-cut solution.

    It’s sad all the way around.

  8. Our Friday night ministry is with what they call “transitionally” homeless–they live in motels.
    It wouldn’t bother me to have that in my neighborhood.

    However, a lot of actually homeless people like being free.

    Over the years, we’ve recommended people to go into group homes, shelters, etc. But in order for them to be approved and to live there, they have to conform to the “house rules.” They range from curfews to attendance at Bible studies, etc.

    Also 1/3 or more of homeless people are mentally ill. Why? They don’t (won’t) take their meds and then can’t function at “normal” levels. Before the ACLU intervened, those who were extremely mentally ill lived in homes that kept them on medication.

    As you can see, there is no clear-cut solution.

    It’s sad all the way around.

  9. For the record, on my street there is a halfway house for released convicts making their way back into society. Two of them currently in residence are registered sex offenders.
    When they were coming in, there was a strong drive among our neighbors to try to block them from moving in. My wife and I became somewhat unpopular when we refused to be part of it.

  10. For the record, on my street there is a halfway house for released convicts making their way back into society. Two of them currently in residence are registered sex offenders.
    When they were coming in, there was a strong drive among our neighbors to try to block them from moving in. My wife and I became somewhat unpopular when we refused to be part of it.

  11. For the record, on my street there is a halfway house for released convicts making their way back into society. Two of them currently in residence are registered sex offenders.
    When they were coming in, there was a strong drive among our neighbors to try to block them from moving in. My wife and I became somewhat unpopular when we refused to be part of it.

  12. For the record, on my street there is a halfway house for released convicts making their way back into society. Two of them currently in residence are registered sex offenders.
    When they were coming in, there was a strong drive among our neighbors to try to block them from moving in. My wife and I became somewhat unpopular when we refused to be part of it.

  13. as we were looking at a home we are hoping to purchase, we found a “aggressively stated opinion page” place in the neighborhood to fight this kind of development. We were saddened. There is always risk when facilities are brought in to communities that assist those less fortunate, because some will take advantage and continue their “criminal ways”, but that is not the norm. We are to “love the least of these” and I cannot find to many more in our region that qualify for Least any better. We fully support it, and are excited for the blessing that will come from it.

  14. as we were looking at a home we are hoping to purchase, we found a “aggressively stated opinion page” place in the neighborhood to fight this kind of development. We were saddened. There is always risk when facilities are brought in to communities that assist those less fortunate, because some will take advantage and continue their “criminal ways”, but that is not the norm. We are to “love the least of these” and I cannot find to many more in our region that qualify for Least any better. We fully support it, and are excited for the blessing that will come from it.

  15. as we were looking at a home we are hoping to purchase, we found a “aggressively stated opinion page” place in the neighborhood to fight this kind of development. We were saddened. There is always risk when facilities are brought in to communities that assist those less fortunate, because some will take advantage and continue their “criminal ways”, but that is not the norm. We are to “love the least of these” and I cannot find to many more in our region that qualify for Least any better. We fully support it, and are excited for the blessing that will come from it.

  16. as we were looking at a home we are hoping to purchase, we found a “aggressively stated opinion page” place in the neighborhood to fight this kind of development. We were saddened. There is always risk when facilities are brought in to communities that assist those less fortunate, because some will take advantage and continue their “criminal ways”, but that is not the norm. We are to “love the least of these” and I cannot find to many more in our region that qualify for Least any better. We fully support it, and are excited for the blessing that will come from it.

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  21. Just for clarity’s sake, SummerHouse isn’t a “homeless shelter” in the traditional sense. It’s not for the chronically homeless, mentally ill, addicts, sex offenders or convicts. It’s transitional housing for families that are put on the street either by foreclosure, job loss or other similar circumstances.
    You can find more about Summerhouse at http://www.summerhousecommunity.com/ .

    Thanks for your support, Rich!

    1. Read the link. Interesting. Technically then, anyone who has struggled with drugs or has too many parking convictions would be not eligible for this development? And, does someone who legitimately could get a mortgage who paid his debt to society in prison get banned from this place? Just curious. Hmm.

  22. Just for clarity’s sake, SummerHouse isn’t a “homeless shelter” in the traditional sense. It’s not for the chronically homeless, mentally ill, addicts, sex offenders or convicts. It’s transitional housing for families that are put on the street either by foreclosure, job loss or other similar circumstances.
    You can find more about Summerhouse at http://www.summerhousecommunity.com/ .

    Thanks for your support, Rich!

    1. Read the link. Interesting. Technically then, anyone who has struggled with drugs or has too many parking convictions would be not eligible for this development? And, does someone who legitimately could get a mortgage who paid his debt to society in prison get banned from this place? Just curious. Hmm.

  23. Just for clarity’s sake, SummerHouse isn’t a “homeless shelter” in the traditional sense. It’s not for the chronically homeless, mentally ill, addicts, sex offenders or convicts. It’s transitional housing for families that are put on the street either by foreclosure, job loss or other similar circumstances.
    You can find more about Summerhouse at http://www.summerhousecommunity.com/ .

    Thanks for your support, Rich!

    1. Read the link. Interesting. Technically then, anyone who has struggled with drugs or has too many parking convictions would be not eligible for this development? And, does someone who legitimately could get a mortgage who paid his debt to society in prison get banned from this place? Just curious. Hmm.

  24. Just for clarity’s sake, SummerHouse isn’t a “homeless shelter” in the traditional sense. It’s not for the chronically homeless, mentally ill, addicts, sex offenders or convicts. It’s transitional housing for families that are put on the street either by foreclosure, job loss or other similar circumstances.
    You can find more about Summerhouse at http://www.summerhousecommunity.com/ .

    Thanks for your support, Rich!

    1. Read the link. Interesting. Technically then, anyone who has struggled with drugs or has too many parking convictions would be not eligible for this development? And, does someone who legitimately could get a mortgage who paid his debt to society in prison get banned from this place? Just curious. Hmm.

  25. An apartment community as a transition for the homeless is a great idea… Especially if the management of the community can set reasonable policies and enforce them… It would be no different than having a HUD or Affordable-housing development in your community (I guarantee that you probably already have one or two of these and probably don’t realize it)….

    1. This, I think, is the first one out here like this as far as I know. The community is so new and the money required to spend on this type of housing is finally being fulfilled.

  26. An apartment community as a transition for the homeless is a great idea… Especially if the management of the community can set reasonable policies and enforce them… It would be no different than having a HUD or Affordable-housing development in your community (I guarantee that you probably already have one or two of these and probably don’t realize it)….

    1. This, I think, is the first one out here like this as far as I know. The community is so new and the money required to spend on this type of housing is finally being fulfilled.

  27. An apartment community as a transition for the homeless is a great idea… Especially if the management of the community can set reasonable policies and enforce them… It would be no different than having a HUD or Affordable-housing development in your community (I guarantee that you probably already have one or two of these and probably don’t realize it)….

    1. This, I think, is the first one out here like this as far as I know. The community is so new and the money required to spend on this type of housing is finally being fulfilled.

  28. An apartment community as a transition for the homeless is a great idea… Especially if the management of the community can set reasonable policies and enforce them… It would be no different than having a HUD or Affordable-housing development in your community (I guarantee that you probably already have one or two of these and probably don’t realize it)….

    1. This, I think, is the first one out here like this as far as I know. The community is so new and the money required to spend on this type of housing is finally being fulfilled.

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