LETTER OF THE DAY – A Mission_log archived article
From the Toronto Sun, Letters to the Editor, Mon, Jan. 24, 2005.
THE LETTERS on homelessness (Jan. 21) raise valid concerns. But they ignore the real improvements that have taken place over the last 10 yrs, back when the homeless were actually dying on the street for lack of shelter. It is correct to deliver food and sleeping bags because it is a reasonable humanitarian response to those in need. And it doesn’t cost taxpayers a penny. The food and clothing I personally deliver is all donated. No tax dollars spent, none wasted. City Hall is not being manipulated by special interest groups, rather the public is manipulated by the media who report only the sensational. They all claim that the homeless policies don’t represent the voice of the public, but what then of all the volunteers and corporate donors who support programs like Out of the Cold? Volunteers by far outnumber city staff.They are citizens with a right to be heard too. And the large amount of money donated to help the homeless shows that they are willing to put their money where their mouth is.
(Sun Ed. note – We’re willing to bet that none of those donors want people to stay on the street — yet that’s the common result)
(Andy’s note – of course donors don’t want people on the street, but they’re human enough to let outreach workers show compassion and work at the street person’s pace instead of jailing the homeless as vagrants.)
Originally published on the ca.geocities.com/mission_log website, my online newsletter about homelessness back in the day – geocities is going offline later this summer and the articles will be archived here on wordpress.
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