Do you think Lawrence as a city is mean to the homeless?
Asked at Massachusetts Street and Lawrence Community Shelter on January 12, 2006
“Absolutely not. It’s a really nice town. People here are very friendly and inviting. As long as you are polite and conduct yourself in a cordial manner, no one here is going to bother you.”
“Yes, because the police harass homeless people who are just walking down the street. They won’t let them drink liquor outside or in their car when they don’t have anywhere else to do it, and if you are sleeping in front of a business, the police will make you move even if the business hasn’t complained.”
“No, because a lot of people who live here really try to help the homeless. They help them find jobs and counseling.”
“No. I’ve been homeless in three cities in the last two years and have literally been left out in the cold. I’ve found food and shelter here. The other cities didn’t have anything near the resources they have here.”