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JANE MURGO, Dana Point
I was so happy to read in the cover story, “Reaching Out to Meet Halfway,” in the July 20 edition of the Dana Point Times. Sure, Dana Point is seeing an increase in homelessness like most all of Southern California, but it was refreshing to see a bit of humanity on the streets of Dana Point.
Not all sober living home patients are criminals, not all alcoholics are dangerous and nasty and not all chronically homeless are refusing resources.
I know some of them are and act that way, but, in my opinion shouldn’t we take that chance? I believe there are two steps. We need to get those that are currently homeless back on their feet, or the help they need because as many people have expressed, and I believe, homeless communities attract more homeless with easier access to things like drugs that encourage continuance of their homeless experience.
Also, and not that the small city of Dana Point can fix this, but where is the discussion as to the actual cause of the homelessness. We can deal with the symptoms but are focused on fixing the disease.
There is a lot of discussion of “quality of life issues,” but where is the discussion about what tangible impacts issues such as lack of affordable housing and increased youth opioid abuse are having on increasing homeless.
We can blame it on sober living homes all we want, but remember, as the author stated, the majority of our homeless are actually region/local.