Help­ing hand for home­less

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “More help for the home­less,” Ed­i­to­rial, July 25

I com­mend Mayor Garcetti and my clergy col­leagues for stand­ing to­gether to seek smart and achiev­able so­lu­tions to home­less­ness and the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing. And I ap­pre­ci­ate the faith ap­proach. By pro­vid­ing a moral and spir­i­tual fo­cus to such a so­ci­etal and so­ci­o­log­i­cal prob­lem, it helps us to hu­man­ize and ac­tu­ally see the peo­ple who are liv­ing on the streets, alone, aban­doned, of­ten sick, and feel­ing in­vis­i­ble to the very peo­ple who pass them by each day.

But faith com­mu­ni­ties can­not do it alone. We need busi­ness lead­ers, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers, land­lords, politi­cians, celebri­ties, and the com­pas­sion­ate voice of the peo­ple to col­lec­tively step into the breach and work to­gether, col­lab­o­ra­tively, each bring­ing the skills and re­sources needed to make a dif­fer­ence. Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

Pasadena The writer is ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Friends in Deed in Pasadena.

Sub­sti­tute “beg­gar” for “home­less” and your ed­i­to­rial is sim­ply en­abling. The Times en­dorses pro­vid­ing shel­ter and ser­vices so the beg­gars can con­tinue to live their

no-pain no-gain life­style.

Beg­gars have been around for cen­turies. Call­ing them home­less doesn’t change any­thing. Bob Mun­son

New­bury Park

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