Find a camp for the home­less

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “A bet­ter way to aid lives on the streets?,” Col­umn, June 24

Be­fore city of­fi­cials elim­i­nate a home­less per­son’s dwelling, be it a camp­site on a side­walk or a ve­hi­cle on the street, they need to make sure they have an al­ter­na­tive place for these peo­ple — the city’s tired, poor, hud­dled masses, “the home­less, tem­pest- tost”— where they can be safe and com­fort­able.

The “least among us” need to be granted a piece of land where they can legally camp. The grant­ing of land for le­gal camp­ing needs to be done now, not months or years from now. Other cities have done this, and it’s proved to be a win for all con­cerned.

Also, it would not re­quire years of costly stud­ies to do this. Plus, Los An­ge­les has the land.

Al­ter­na­tively, there are empty school build­ings, va­cated health cen­ters and other un­used build­ings that could easily house the home­less. Our of­fi­cials just need to open the doors or post a sign in­di­cat­ing the way to a le­gal camp­site.

Wendy L. Kaysing Venice

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