I read a line in one of your recent articles and found it to be true: “That the characterization of our homeless population – are we really calling them “residentially challenged” now? – should not always depict them as innocent victims but, rather, often as aggressors.”
While I have nothing but the utmost concern for those among us who find themselves on the streets through circumstances beyond their control I have also begun to realize that there are some among us who prefer the lifestyle and have gotten it in their minds that we – governments, churches, ordinary citizens – somehow owe them something and that if they don’t get what they want when they want it they feel within their rights to demand it.
This has led to more than a few encounters with homeless people on local streets in recent weeks with many declining offers of food or shelter in favor of money for what I have to assume is the drug of their choice. My family and I have been challenged on the street more than once, my daughter verbally harassed, and while we try to keep calm and maintain an open mind I believe we are about to see the problem explode as the weather gets better and more people? come in search of assistance.
We know several people and several local groups dedicated to helping people who are on the street and we have given them our support but our patience is wearing thin as we see no change for the better and even more bluffs and threats from those we are supposed to be helping.
I would be interested in hearing from any of your readers who has an idea how to address if not fix the problem of homelessness in our neighborhoods.
Can it be done?