Ryan’s House grant concerns are valid


My letter is in reference to the recent article re: Lori Cavender and her request for $200,000 in state capital funding for Ryan’s House. It was noted that there were concerns regarding the mixture of adults and minors that need to be addressed. From years of working with the homeless, we agree! And Ms. Cavender should agree as well.

It is also important to note that the Island County Housing Advisory Board recommended that funds not be awarded this year because of shared concerns. That recommendation was accepted by county leadership. Perhaps at a time when all parties are able to come to an agreement and the required and positive changes are implemented by Ms. Cavender, she could reapply for public funding. If Ryan’s House needs those funds, I feel Ms. Cavender and her board would want to do everything in their power to comply in all aspects required by the county and state, including any concerns from the community.

We hope a good plan for all works out, so the best outcome can be certain. The Island does need more services for vulnerable kids and young adults; however, guidelines for their safety must be adhered to for any organization that receives tax dollars. No one wants Ryan’s House to close, so we hope Ms. Cavender can work with county and state agencies and that she will reapply at a later date when all parties are able to sign-off on the funding requests.



More in Letters to the Editor

Need to lobby legislators to keep net neutrality

Editor, Ready to send more money to your Internet service provider (ISP)?… Continue reading

Enjoyed Island Transit’s birthday celebration

Editor, I want to thank Island Transit for sharing its birthday celebration… Continue reading

Americans must show Trump that he’s wrong

Editor, It was Maya Angelou who once told us, “When someone shows… Continue reading

Happy to be back and serving the community

Editor, To our island community and beyond: Thank you! Thank you! Thank… Continue reading

South Whidbey does in fact have a public pool

Editor, I take exception to your claim that South Whidbey has no… Continue reading

Inclusive city decision far from transparent

Editor, Quite opposite to The South Whidbey Record’s front page headline on… Continue reading

Thanks for helping make dream come to fruition

Editor, As many of you know, I am the bassist with the… Continue reading

Great items to be found at local church bazaars

Editor, Thanks so much to the churches that donate their love and… Continue reading

Don’t eliminate parking spots for wider sidewalks

Editor, Regarding the parking in Langley, I was quite surprised to read… Continue reading

Hold contractors and home services companies accountable

Editor, This is an open letter to the many local contractors and… Continue reading

Gun reform is needed in America

Editor, Anticipating a reaction to The Record’s Nov. 8 editorial advocating a… Continue reading

Thank Puget Sound Energy workers for their efforts

Editor, How many people lost power the other day? Has anyone thanked… Continue reading