We need to make aiding the homeless a community priority

Published: Monday, January 10, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 9, 2005 at 10:02 p.m.

The Gainesville Sun's Jan. 1 editorial presenting new goals for improving our city and county in 2005 was excellent, with one exception. The condition of our most vulnerable citizens is not mentioned.

More than 1,000 people are homeless, living in tents, cars or on the streets. Countless committees, task forces and volunteer groups have studied the problem and made suggestions and contributions.

We must, for the sake of those trapped in dangerous, degrading and life-destroying conditions, meet the challenge of bettering their daily conditions. Other countries, states and cities have set an example of compassionate concern to alleviate this suffering. We can do no less.

The St. Francis House, Home Van, Salvation Army, Interfaith Hospitality Network and others in the private sector cannot provide enough shelter or food for this growing population.

There are no perfect solutions, but we have to begin as a community to share our resources and to care for each other.

Eleanor P. Henry,


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