Dan Carpenter’s Viewpoint in Wednesday’s Tribune is not only dismaying but also disrespectful to the many people who have worked tirelessly to implement the 10-year plan to end homelessness in our county.
In 2008, a leadership council was formed with 60 members from county/city government, community and faithbased organizations, the business community and others. Has progress been slow? Yes. Have there been setbacks? Absolutely. But we cannot start all over!
Is rapid re-housing successful? It seems so. I believe as an affluent community we need to do both the new Prado Service Center and permanent housing for our homeless.
Carpenter uses two recent incidents where transients broke the law to underline our failure. Both of these are alarming and cause for concern. In the same Tribune, front page, there is news of the third sexual assault connected to Cal Poly since this school year started. Should we scrap our university and start over? The truth is, we have a very long way to go before SLO is the most homeless-friendly town in America.