Clean facilities, homeless

Large homeless encampments exist in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. People are even lucky enough to have a plastic tarp held up with ropes over their heads to protect themselves from the rain. Many homeless people have multiple life issues, particularly alcoholism, drug addiction, inability to obtain legal documents such as a driver’s license or social security card, lack of housing or employment, which all this, plus psychiatric problems, prevents them from obtaining. easily find a home or a job. In San Francisco, police on bicycles criss-cross neighborhoods where these problems arise but do no lasting good. A start has been made with private neighborhood groups and voluntary charity groups who often clean the sidewalk and accompany the homeless, elderly and/or mentally ill across the street when needed. help to cross the road. Some cities have decriminalized public defecation. Sanitation conditions are often, through no fault of the homeless themselves, deplorable and conducive to the spread of diseases, old and new, and these diseases, I believe, are yet to come. While housing homeless people in converted hotels in San Francisco can be seen as a step in the right direction, the problem of homelessness is growing. I believe this is a problem that progressives take great pride in wanting to fully address and resolve. We need to provide clean water, food, 24/7 sanitation to *all* the public, including the homeless. There should be clean showers, soap provided, shampoo, towels, clean clothes, a bed to sleep on, a roof over your head, hope in life. Give Love, a charity launched by Patricia Arquette in Haiti after the earthquakes, was started when she witnessed firsthand the lack of toilets and environmentally friendly sanitation and hygiene among people poor people of Haiti, a place, like these vast homeless encampments, where people in need are crying out for help, and the aid provided is not enough. If we don’t meet the hygiene, fresh water and sanitation needs of the homeless, we will all lose in the end. Diseases will prosper, and new yet unknown contagions will arise to plague us. Don’t let the wealthy in their gated communities set the agenda. Progressives traditionally take care of the poorest of the poor, as if they were taking care of themselves. From the early days in Matewan, the coal miners’ battle with the Pinkertons to form a union, to the 40-hour workweek and women’s suffrage, progressives have been caring and inclusive people. It’s a cause close to my heart, taking care of the needs of the homeless, and I hope you are too. We can all do a lot or a little – we can all help in our own way. Let’s turn our attention away from the billionaires and towards the inclusion of the excluded community.

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No, let’s build a lot more facilities to help the homeless

Richard F. Gandhi