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.
HARRIS & JAN JOHNSTON