Boise Metro Chamber Calls for Civility and Civic Charity

As a community-based organization whose mission includes advocating for an outstanding quality of life, the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is deeply concerned about the recent issues involving the City of Boise and Cooper Court. The Chamber supports the City and Mayor Dave Bieter’s efforts to provide care and assistance to our homeless population while also meeting the need to ensure safety for the former residents of Cooper Court as well as the surrounding businesses.

Chamber leadership was also surprised by the personal nature of several protestors’ attacks on City Hall. The Chamber is a champion of free, civic discourse on all issues, but verbal abuse and harassment have no place in this, or any debate, and only serve to thwart progress.

“Calls for civility in public discourse are rightly happening across our nation,” said Bill Connors, President & CEO of the Boise Metro Chamber. “We’d like to see the great City of Boise lead the way in calling for civility, charity, and compassion.”

The Chamber is proud to have many members who are tirelessly working to eradicate homelessness in Boise, many who are directly part of the City of Boise’s Continuum of Care plan to connect Cooper Court residents with services. Those members include Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, Boise City/Ada County Housing Authority, C.A.T.C.H. (Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless), Home Partnership Foundation, The Idaho Foodbank, Idaho Youth Ranch, The Jesse Tree of Idaho, The Salvation Army Boise, Terry Reilly Health Services, United Way of Treasure Valley, and WCA (Women’s and Children’s Alliance).

It is evident that a great deal of planning went into the effort to coordinate with all of the service providers and the Chamber applauds both the City and the Mayor for their willingness to listen to all stakeholders. The Chamber hopes that our organization can be part of the effort to facilitate meaningful, civil dialogue and collaboration between the City of Boise, our business community, our nonprofit community, and our homeless advocates.

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