Letter: Why not a year-round shelter?
How many people have really thought about what causes individuals to be homeless? For many, it’s a lack of a job – or maybe they have a job, but their wages have decreased due to the poor economy. Or maybe the continuing increase in real estate taxes is forcing people out of their homes. There are also those who could live in a home but choose to be homeless. My question is, where are these individuals going to go?
No matter where they go, they get kicked out. Concord is trying to move these individuals out of Concord. At the same time, other cities are doing the same. Many citizens argue that they are causing unsafe conditions. And I have to admit, they smoke, make bonfires to keep warm and to warm their food. Others argue that they leave a great mess. The city is reacting to these conditions.
The answer is not to find a way to move these individuals out of our city but to come up with a plan that helps these individuals in need. The Friendly Kitchen is on a piece of property that has some land. Has anybody explored a way to build a building that would give these individuals shelter year-round? The time has come to work smart and come up with a plan to fix the problem, not keep the issue going.