PAULA BARTON: County lacks safe, affordable housing for seniors

TO THE EDITOR:

I was so certain the Manistee City Council would vote yes for a project to give their seniors of the county a safe, affordable place to live. This is something greatly needed and it makes no sense to me how they could turn their backs on the seniors and vote no.

I know firsthand there is not enough safe, affordable housing for seniors 55 and older in Manistee County. They are chasing people out of the county to cities or towns that do have affordable, safe housing for seniors.

There is also the issue of needed room. I run exercise programs at the Manistee Senior Center, and there is not enough room for all the activities to take place. The project that the City Council vote no to was a win-win project.

The City Council members who voted no did  not want to settle for $6,000 plus 2 percent a year. They now will have yet another empty building to add to all the empty buildings on River Street.

They have also stopped a much-needed grocery store that would have been accessible to all the citizens in the downtown area. There is not one store in the downtown area to purchase milk, bread or even toothpaste.

I am saddened that the council members that voted no have failed the senior population once again.

Paula Barton

Oak Hill (Manistee)

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