Sunny
78°
Sunny
Hi 84° | Lo 61°

Letter: Bold solutions for homelessness

Over the past months, we’ve heard from individuals who are homeless and unemployed. Their stories give voice to their plight. Many are saying they are not looking for a handout – just a hand up. Their message is: “We want to work – and pay our way for a decent place to live.”

For a good number who are homeless, gainful employment would restore pride and make a dent in the numbers on our streets or at makeshift camp sites.

Meaningful work also gives back. Remember the Conservation Corps? In the 1930s and ’40s, unemployed people were put “back to work” creating parks, trails, dams and bridges which are now national and state treasures.

Homelessness affects all of us. Some feel uncomfortable by its visibility. Or its presence raises a hopeless feeling of collective shame. How in this land of plenty can so many be without homes and work?

For all who are bothered by homelessness, it’s time to speak up. Let our state and national leadership know homelessness is intolerable. We need leaders to pull together federal, state, private, non-profit and faith-based partnerships to address unemployment and a serious lack of affordable housing. We need a robust jobs creation program. (It’s the answer to our crumbling infrastructures!) We need more sustainable housing options.

Without these essential initiatives, the growing cycle of homelessness will only continue to make us squirm. And then, shame on all of us!

ANN and JERRY WALLS

Concord

democrat sweeping over-regulation is specifically why we have a ......" a serious lack of affordable housing".....get rid of the massive job killing feel good worthless democrat life controlling laws and you will see rapid job and housing growth

"...there will always be a homeless population...." This is the now standard conservative thinking that has created political gridlock. We can't eliminate all homelessness, so do nothing to reduce the problem. There will always be gun violence, so do nothing to reduce the problem. There will always be [pick your problem], so do nothing....

gracchus, you make these sweeping blanket statements that you do not support. The issue is not about doing nothing ever. The problem is that the left want to do it one way and the right another way. If you cannot make an honest discussion about why your way is better, than what is the point?

"Remember the Conservation Corps? In the 1930s and ’40s, unemployed people were put “back to work” creating parks, trails, dams and bridges ..." Well, we have enough trails and parks in the state, but we could certainly use a hydro dam. Now what do you suppose the chances are of that happening in a state that cant even put a powerline in? I'm convinced that the beautiful Lake Francis dam could not be built today. Unfortunately, there will always be a homeless population no matter how robust a jobs creation program we have.

Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.