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Weblog of Seattle minister to the homeless Rick Reynolds, Operation Nightwatch

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Caring for human beings seems like the best use of my time, homeless or not.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

"Opting for housing versus handouts"

They're doing some significant for homeless families in Buena Park, CA. You can read about it here.

It's always better to help people get off the street for good.

But, I think the Buena Park mayor suffers from some sort of delusion. He just went through a big effort to build a 17 unit apartment building for families who will pay rent on a sliding scale.

Done deal? Now what happens to the other homeless families in the community? Tell them to "get in line" for the next opening. Meanwhile, what?

This story is being repeated everywhere. Much ballyhooing and marching bands accompany the building of apartments for homeless people. Meanwhile, more people show up needing help, and we're supposed to say "We've done all we could, sorry your application wasn't in the 'lucky' pile."


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