I agree with the National Alliance to End Homelessness. Their column for The Nation, (read it here), provides an alternative to a July column that offers tips for folks forced to live on the streets. The National Alliance to End Homelessness urges us all to act as communities to create lasting solutions to homelessness and gives us ten steps to take.
The Alliance list has been around a while, so its recommendations aren’t news here in Oregon. Our state and many of our communities have already taken big steps to address the problem, including passage of a new and dedicated funding source for affordable housing during the last legislative session.
But, the dialogue on the pages of The Nation can serve to remind us that it’s all too easy to accept the unacceptable as inevitable when times get bad. As I said above. Living on the streets? No thanks.