It’s not ‘home­less hous­ing’

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “L.A. pre­pares to crack down on home­less tents,” Oct. 11

Ar­ti­cle af­ter ar­ti­cle in the Los An­ge­les Times cov­ers the on­go­ing cri­sis of tent en­camp­ments where peo­ple with nowhere else to go set up space to sur­vive for one more day. As long as we con­tinue to use the term “home­less hous­ing” when speak­ing of so­lu­tions, how­ever, we will con­tinue to be a big part of the prob­lem.

Peo­ple with­out roofs over their heads are not a sep­a­rate sub­class of the hu­man fam­ily, a sub­class whose hous­ing needs are dif­fer­ent than our own. We must fo­cus our ef­forts on what­ever it takes to move our cit­i­zens off the streets into ex­ist­ing ren­tal hous­ing that is made more affordable, and by re­plac­ing the hun­dreds of sin­gle-room oc­cu­pancy units that have dis­ap­peared by adapt­ing ex­ist­ing and of­ten empty of­fice build­ings and ware­house space into stu­dio apart­ments.

We must take these ac­tions now. This type of ren­tal hous­ing is not called “home­less hous­ing.” It is called hous­ing, and it is a ba­sic hu­man right. Tanya Tull

Los An­ge­les The writer is founder of the home­less ad­vo­cacy group Part­ner­ing for Change.

Re­mov­ing tents would cer­tainly make my walk to the gro­cery store and pub­lic trans­porta­tion much less of the ob­sta­cle course that it has be­come.

As a se­nior, I am now con­fronted on the side­walk by more than just cy­clists and scooter rid­ers. Alas, along my route, I am re­minded that home­less peo­ple and cy­clists not only have rights, but that they have also of­ten built very cre­ative and ex­ten­sive struc­tures. Con­se­quently I, at 75 years old and un­der 5 feet tall, face yet an­other chal­lenge in my daily ef­fort to keep my­self healthy.

I find the chal­lenges re­quire en­ergy and pa­tience, which I pos­sess in di­min­ish­ing sup­ply. Ruth Kramer Ziony

Los Fe­liz

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