This week one of our Oregon WAND members wrote a Letter to the Editor that appeared in the local newspaper. It read:
Recently, as I was leaving my building to go to dinner, there was a homeless man in my building’s outer foyer. Knowing that someone would call the police to have him evicted, I asked him to please go outside.
He almost cried and said, “Where can I go? I’m cold and tired and wet. Where can I go?” He was not drunk.
During the day there are places homeless people can slip into for a few hours, but at night?
I need an answer for the next time that happens.
Where can he go?
Eugene Register Guard Letters to the Editor, October 24, 2012
Homelessness is an issue that touches us all in one way or another. The answers are complex and poignant, and often just out of reach.