Archive for Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Not mean

January 17, 2006


To the editor:

Lawrence is NOT the second "meanest city to homeless" in our nation as your front page headline screamed on Jan. 12, even if the National Homeless Coalition says so! Lawrence has many compassionate, concerned citizens who give generously of their time and money to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Lawrence; many others would help if asked.

The night before your headline appeared, our LOCAL Coalition on Homeless Concerns (not this national outfit) sponsored James Glenn, who spoke about creating permanent housing for homeless people (instead of a shelter where people wait in line, spill over into the streets, and have a different mat on the hard floor each night - IF they're lucky. Though his presentation was not covered by the Journal-World, Glenn's message is vital to our community's thinking on our homeless problem. Each person, he said, needs a "place to call home" with a key to his/her front door AND the support services each would require to live securely and productively in our community, a less expensive and more humane solution than the expanded shelter the Mayor's Task Force has projected!

Our landlords (now reporting 20 percent vacancies in available units), our bankers, social service providers, mental and physical health professionals, our neighborhood and downtown leaders, our citizens who are homeless and our Community Commission on Homelessness must sit at the same table together to hammer out how to achieve this "place to call home." If everyone with a piece of the answer would come together now to help, we could leave this false label of "meanest city" far behind.

Hilda Enoch,



Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

For those who are unaware of who this lady is, she is pretty much the biggest single advocate for homeless individuals in Lawrence, as well as the founder of the local Coalition on Homeless Concerns. In most cases, people on both sides of the fence find her a bit overzealous, but her heart is in the right place.

I disagree with the finding, she does.. It's proof that millions of dollars were wasted by the federal government to issue an obviosly flawed study.

Ragingbear 12 years, 5 months ago

Probably because conservatives and liberals alike agree with Hilda. And are moving on to other things, as this thread is several days old.

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