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Questions remain regarding Howard Co. homeless center

There was a serious mismatch between the questions asked and the answers provided at last week's meeting discussing a project for the homeless ("Kittleman, housing officials to attend meeting on planned Jessup homeless center," Jan. 12)

Two examples: When the head of Volunteers of America was questioned about screening, security and services, he responded with the buildings' architectural details. When the head of Grassroots was questioned whether an expanded day resource center would draw even more homeless individuals to the area, she responded that there are no other significant pockets of homelessness in Howard County. Both responses were non-answers.

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A lengthy list of questions was provided. County Executive Allan Kittleman promised to get written answers from the two non-profits as well as from the Housing Authority. Although this project was inherited from his predecessor, Ken Ulman, the new executive now has the responsibility to "not throw good money after bad." The land deals and the RFP process both appear questionable.

Let's learn from history. Whenever Howard County bends the rules for a high-profile, "the world is going to end if we don't do this now" project, it often ends up abandoned a decade or so later.

Ron Coleman, Savage

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