Home­less day cen­ter has real pos­si­bil­i­ties

Ripon Bulletin - - Opinion - Steve Brea­cain Man­teca

Editor, Man­teca Bul­letin, Thanks for your col­umn push­ing for bath­rooms for the home­less in Thurs­day’s pa­per. You made some very good points. I do think that they a need a place to shower and wash their cloth­ing also.

I read the fol­low-up ar­ti­cle on the sit­u­a­tion in San Diego this morn­ing, describing how that city is erect­ing tents to house the home­less as part of the so­lu­tion to the pub­lic health cri­sis in their com­mu­nity. I’m not sure that our of­fi­cials are ready to go that far since we are, for­tu­nately, not yet in the same po­si­tion that San Diego finds it­self in. But you did point out how home­less per­sons are cur­rently us­ing re­stroom fa­cil­i­ties around town when they can gain ac­cess, and I know that they also use the se­nior cen­ter reg­u­larly. So the city is, like it or not, al­ready pro­vid­ing them ac­cess to con­ve­niences and ac­com­mo­da­tions. A day cen­ter isn’t such a rad­i­cal so­lu­tion after all when you con­sider the ex­tent to which the city is al­ready in­volved.

I think that your idea for a day cen­ter has real pos­si­bil­i­ties. It seems to me that the city could make ar­range­ments with the own­ers of any of the boarded up busi­nesses down­town or else­where around town to use those prop­er­ties with­out hav­ing to com­mit to spend­ing a fortune on the project. With win­ter com­ing, it would give Of­fi­cer Kelly and his partner CRO a base to work out of. He has done more to reach out to the city’s home­less pop­u­la­tion and make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their lives than any­one else that I’m aware of, and is clearly the ex­pert on this sub­ject. I think that it would be in­ter­est­ing to hear what he thinks about all of this. Per­haps you could in­ter­view him.

Home­less in Man­teca

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