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HOMELESSNESS: Many are just a step away

Letter by Christa L. Absten, Tacoma on Dec. 6, 2011 at 12:43 pm | 27 Comments »
December 6, 2011 2:55 pm

In our current economic state, we are all feeling the financial pressure. Prices of everyday goods are on the rise and many of us are facing looming layoffs.

What will your plans be if finances become so tight you can no longer afford your home? Many have had to face the realities of this question. For many reasons, there are currently more than 2,000 people experiencing homelessness in Pierce County, including husbands, wives, children, the elderly, and the working poor.

The vast majority of us (some may say the 99 percent) are just one small step away from being in the same position, struggling to find shelter and sustenance.

So, how are those experiencing homelessness helped to get back on their feet? There are some community services and government programs in place to assist these individuals; however, our state is facing difficult times and drastic cuts are being made in areas that will directly affect our citizens, housed or not.

These cuts will not only impact the lives of those experiencing homelessness, but will also end up being a larger expense to our state. Cuts will result in basic needs going unmet and thus the potential for more expensive services needed down the road.

You may not identify with these kinds of struggles (yet), but we could all be there.

This is not about handouts but hand-ups that assist people with meeting their basic needs, bringing them back to a place where they can be fully contributing citizens.

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