To the Residents of the 6th District:
As your representative, I wanted to be sure that you were aware of my position on the proposed Hosanna House in Edgemere. Let me be clear: I do not support the placement of the Hosanna House attached to the St. Luke Church. I simply feel that the proposed location is a haphazard placement of resources for people in need, in this case inappropriately locating a shelter near residential housing, a senior citizen facility, and most importantly directly next to a preschool. I find this neither thoughtful nor productive.
While I commend the efforts of Catholic Charities and appreciate their commitment to our area, this shelter will not tackle the fundamental problem of homelessness in eastern Baltimore County. Our communities require a much more comprehensive approach to homelessness and needs of our neighbors.
Indeed, while I believe that the homeless population in our community needs our help, simply hastening t implement a patchwork of services and resources will ultimately be counterproductive. That is why I have proposed to the county administration that we address these problems with a complete service center that aims to aid populations in need, while being sensitive to other considerations. I ask that you consider my attached proposal and consider supporting it. A balance of our shared concerns can be met, and I am committed to working with community, county and state leadership to create a viable solution to this ongoing problem.
Delegate John A. Olszewski Jr.
Editor's Note: The attachment referred to in the delegate's letter was a reprint of a column published on Dundalk Patch on Oct. 20. It is linked to here as well as in the body of the councilman's letter above.