First I'd like to start with a statement of personal fact: While my personal wealth is irrelevant, I am not a millionaire and would appreciate that rumor stopping here. I do donate to local organizations and give out change to the homeless and those in need. I could Be better about the later but I tend not to keep cash on me unless I'm taking the bus that day. We all could all do better about this regardless of how much we are worth.
In regards to my personal stance on those in need including the jobless, working poor, homeless, mentally ill and the addicted: I do not want to move them out of downtown New Haven. I want us to help solve their problems and I'm glad that the social services are here to do it. There is no better place for those in need than cities. I understand that folks who did not grow up around panhandlers are uncomfortable with them. I'm not judging them for that but it does not personally bother me. I am going to operate our business in the Ninth Square amidst the heart of the heroin epidemic in CT without judging those that are addicted. I'm going to continue to encourage my co-workers to do the same. If I wanted to live and work in an ivory tower I would not try to create one in the middle of a city. I would leave.