Gover­nor right on home­less­ness

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Re: Phillip K. Tomp­kins,

“An ex­am­ple of gov­ern­ment fail­ing at com­pas­sion,” Dec. 1 let­ter to the edi­tor.

Let­ter-writer Brian Vande Krol ar­gues that home­less­ness in Colorado in­creased by 6 per­cent in 2016 de­spite for­mer Mayor John Hick­en­looper’s 10-year plan to end home­less­ness in Den­ver. Vande Krol says it is “time to ad­mit the gov­ern­ment is par­tic­u­larly in­ept at com­pas­sion.”

As one who has stud­ied home­less­ness for over 18 years as a vol­un­teer at the St. Fran­cis Cen­ter and has writ­ten a book — “Who is My Neigh­bor? Com­mu­ni­cat­ing and Or­ga­niz­ing to end Home­less­ness” (2009) — I has­ten to dis­agree. Does Vande Krol have any idea how many more home­less peo­ple Colorado would have had we not made those ef­forts in Den­ver?

In our na­tion of grow­ing dis­par­ity be­tween the rich and the poor, I ap­plaud Gov. Hick­en­looper’s com­pas­sion­ate de­ter­mi­na­tion to dou­ble down on this prob­lem that should hu­mil­i­ate a proud city, state and na­tion.

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