• thehomelessguy

    And these business people are running from a boogey man (you know, the kind that don’t really exist). There is absolutely no proof that the existence of homeless people is detrimental to a business making a profit. When the Nashville Rescue Mission moved into a vacant Sears building, there was much boohooing by businesses in the area. 15 years later and none of those business have had to move or close shop. As a matter of fact, more businesses moved into the area after the mission, which houses 500 homeless a night, opened it’s doors.

  • Cynthia Ward

    Wondering when the signs for “housing first” are being delivered. We keep showing up at City Hall or County meetings, screaming NO, but we have yet to identify (much less fund) AN ANSWER to the fact that human beings are sleeping on sidewalks. I will say it again. Human beings are sleeping on sidewalks. Does that not horrify everyone?

    Now I want readers to try something with me. For ONE NIGHT, go to sleep with your doors and windows open. While most of us live in relatively decent places where it is unlikely any harm will come to us with the world gaining full access to the house if wanted, none of us would get any sleep. Now try it without walls. That is what people experience every day. The exhaustion of physically moving from place to place because when you sit down you are now “camping” according to an interpretation of Anaheim law. I am not assigning blame, I am merely trying to force people to understand the crucial timeframe of NEED for this solution, because we would not spend ONE NIGHT with doors and windows open, so every delay in a solution is another sleepless night for a human being on the streets.

    No, none of the businesses in the Canyon CAUSED the crisis of homelessness, just as the residents around our parks impacted by the human need to sleep and eat and attend to basic physical functions did not cause the crisis. But we all pay for it, through tax money spend needlessly to fund emergency services ENTIRELY PREVENTABLE by simply getting people off the streets to avoid the health or law enforcement issues those high cost response teams are heading to. We pay for it with our own quality of life diminished when we hear the “talking to himself guy” shouting his way down the street at 3 am AGAIN today. Or the used toilet paper picked from the mouth of a beloved pet during a walk in the park because the restrooms were closed and someone’s need for them wasn’t.

    WHEN are we going to discuss the SOLUTION for what has become a crisis of human dignity as well as a law enforcement and public health crisis? Instead we kick around an inadequate plan that has been as poorly conceived as it has been poorly communicated. “Best practices” pushing “housing first” have been learned through trial and error by those communities willing to spend and try something instead of OC’s habit of stockpiling MILLIONS due to fear of doing something wrong, and/or an addiction to planning meetings. So why do we keep planning warehouses for humanity when they don’t work, and neither the homeless nor the neighbors WANT them?

    The sound you hear is many of us beating our heads against walls in frustration.