Letters to the Editor: Ending homelessness will take decades, not years
In my opinion, the most important thing that could happen in the homelessness problem that would actually make a difference to the homeless people in town would be a new housing development.
The housing crisis is something that we all have to get a grip on as individuals and as a whole. We are all responsible for the way that we are living. If we all live in such a way that homelessness is not a big deal for us, then the problem will not continue to grow, it simply will not happen in our community.
If the city of Lubbock had started planning for the housing crisis years ago, and we had put in the effort to make it a priority in our city, we would be much better off today and have a great deal more success in meeting the needs of our homeless community.
While I do not agree with every item on this agenda, I do agree that it is a step in the right direction that we are heading in. As a first step, I suggest that we get out of the way and give our homeless people the proper resources in our shelter and services.
I also suggest that we give our homeless citizens the right in the law for those who are homeless to take a shower or a break, and for our community to not look down their noses at them.
We all have a responsibility to change our behavior and be part of the solution. We do not have the resources in our community to deal with the homeless problem like the city has done, and, as a result, we are failing miserably.
I would also like to know why an item that deals with the homeless has not been debated for almost a year. As a community, has anyone thought about doing something to help them?
We as a city, as a community, as a state and as a nation have a responsibility to give our homeless citizens the support and the resources they need to make it through whatever they are going through. We all have a responsibility to make sure that when they are in need of help that we are able to give them the kind of help that they need to get back on their feet.
It has been nearly one year since this issue first started. How do we expect the homeless to take care of themselves if the city doesn’