- Patrick Sweeney
The ongoing debate over how to care for Boise men, women and children without a home was emotionally charged through much of 2015. The controversy came to a fever pitch as city officials decided earlier this month to declare a growing tent city near the I-184 Connector—in an area known as Cooper Court—to be a local disaster emergency.
In a guest opinion published by the Idaho Statesman Dec. 19, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter wrote, "The encampment at Cooper Court was a dangerous place and becoming more so every day," adding that, "The situation was simply an invitation to disaster."
Bieter wrote the controversy over Cooper Court had "overshadowed our effort to develop long-term tools in the fight against homelessness."
Meanwhile, those caregivers who are on the front lines of homelessness will put aside that debate Tuesday, Dec. 22—the first day of winter and longest night of the year—to host an annual remembrance of homeless men and women who died during 2015.