SPOKANE, Wash. — Following backlash from the community on his initiative to prevent homeless camps downtown by laying basalt boulders below Interstate 90, Spokane City Council President Ben Stuckart issued an apology.
“I chose an expedient and strong-armed solution instead of the collaborative and holistic approach our City’s Community, Health, & Human Services team and community partners engage in every single day,” Stuckart said in a Facebook post.
Along with the apology, Stuckart said he and his council colleagues are holding a public discussion on the issue of homelessness in the community. He invites people to join and share their questions and concerns for the City.
“Most importantly, the homeless citizens relocated from their community deserved an outstretched hand from their elected officials instead of a hammer and a bunch of rocks,” Stuckart said. “For all of this, I am sorry.”
The Forum is scheduled for September 25 at 6 p.m. at the Spokane City Council.
"I can’t take back the action of a couple of weeks ago, but I can end reactionary governing to issues facing our homeless community," Stuckart said.
Read his full statement below.