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Posted on May 13 at 11:46 a.m.
Pinatubo, I believe it is. That said, correct or not...why is this so important to you? You live in America my friend. The right to travel is a basic freedom in this country guaranteed by the constitution. Do you propose taking that away from some? How about a real answer to this national disgrace? SB's homeless numbers are in-line with what other coastal communities of our size and situation face. The numbers run between 1 and 2% of the total population. LA county has upwards of 80,000 homeless on any given night.
On The Homeless Count
Posted on May 12 at 12:08 p.m.
winddancer--there are many programs for low income disabled persons and seniors. they receive the bulk of the housing assiatnce provided by the local housing authorities in santa barbara. unfortunately there is not enough for all who qualify for and need housing assiatnce. we need to grow the affordable housing programs nationwide to house all in need as shelter is a basic human need...including the homeless who are disabled. alcohol and drug addictions are disabilities. if you added up the amount of tax subsidy given to us homeowners through the mortgage interest and property deductions we receive, you will see that the government spends much more on housing us middle and upper income folks then we do on the poor.
Posted on May 12 at noon
thank you for such an intelligent and thoughtful article. other stories have missed the mark and have been followed by some very nasty bloggers who simply want the homeless to magically disappear. when did helping your fellow man and taking care of the poor become a liberal agenda? how about a real solution to homelessness vs. simply wanting them out of our city? perhaps we need to jail them? oh, that's right being homeless is not a crime in our free country...and jail is a very expensive response and our jails are full. perhaps it's telling the poor they have no right to travel? oh, that's right...the right to travel is guaranteed by our constitution. make them all get a job? oh, that's right--most people will not hire mentally ill folks or those with addictions. perhaps its placing the most troubled in mental institutions? oh, that's right the esteemed ronald reagan closed them as bad places and too expensive for the tax payer to cover. instead of mental institutions, reagan said we need to build community based supportive housing for this population so they do not end up homeless. oh, we forgot to build that housing and now no one wants them in their neighborhood nor should we spend tax money to house them. perhaps we can have the "private sector and capitalism" fix this since, according to some, there is so much money to be made in taking care of the poor. that's why we have this apparent homeless industry run by poverty pimps. right? let's hear some intelligent answers to this national disgrace VERSUS let's push them down the road as they have no right to live here...or are the nasty bloggers really trying to say, "they have no right to live at all?"