Letter: Complicated problem with simple truths

Homeless deserve dignity, a space to sleep at night. There needs to be a starting point.

Editor: Regarding your question of the week about Langley supplying space for people who are currently homeless:  People smarter than me have yet to come up with any long-term solutions.

It is complicated, but I think there are some simple truths about these people: they deserve a space to sleep at night, they deserve to maintain their personal privacy and dignity, and if they currently cannot pay for those things, we as a wealthy and privileged society could provide it if we chose to.

And I think we should.

One idea I have been thinking of is about what kind of space would work.

From what I gather, it is not pleasant to sleep in a public setting, and your things get stolen when you sleep in a shelter.

Why not build a spot with partial walls and a solid roof with the floor painted in a grid.  Each personal gets a square big enough to erect a tent and park a bicycle.

They are responsible for the cleanliness of their own spot.

It would not be too expensive to maintain and people could pay a small fee to make them feel responsible, such as $3 per night.

I know it can’t be quite this simple but it would be a starting point.

Joanne Oster,


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