By Randle Loeb on Feb 18, 2011 | In Caring and Surviving, Citizenship and Stewards By Randle Loeb
A SAFE HAVEN FOR ALL VULNERABLE CITIZENS ALL OF THE TIME
We've been involved with the structure and development of a ten year plan to end homelessness for more than ten years, and long before that time we have pushed for a place where people could go anytime and be safe. ANYTIME! We need a Centralized place for services for everyone. If we concentrated on this it would make all of our lives more stable and safer because there would not be people out in the neighborhood and the issues that people face could be more readily dealt with.
Unfortunately that is not the interest of the neighborhoods but it is in the interest of public safety and decency. It costs far less for people to access a one stop center than it does to be wandering around using every conceivable resource and then dying on the street or in a hospital after being traumatized. The staggering cost to the community and the terrible inequity; plus the amount of lost resources while tragically cutting off lives is untenable. Especially considering that half the numbers of homeless are families. The average age of the homeless is nine years old.
Please consider mayoral candidates and current administration the wisdom of determining a place where diverse needs of divergent persons can be addressed and where access to services is automatic.
EVERYONE needs a single point of entry and no wrong door for safe and sound communities and for vulnerable people to thrive.
ARE WE SMARTER THAN 5TH GRADERS?
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