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Letter: Where is the shelter?

We are grateful to the utility crews that restored power to our city after Hurricane Sandy blew through. However, we were concerned that there seemed to be no shelter set up for homeless citizens. Tents would have had little chance against the wind and rain that Concord endured. The city manager, mayor, chief of police, fire chief or the Red Cross should have organized a shelter for these citizens.

Eight years ago, First and South Congregational churches set up temporary shelters for the homeless during the coldest months of the year, in order to give the city time to put in place a permanent plan to shelter those people who find themselves without a home.

This is a city issue that should not be shouldered by two faith communities. What will the city do when First and South churches can no longer operate their temporary shelters? Where is the 10-year plan to deal with homelessness that was discussed a decade ago?



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