Letters to the Editor

SLO County can do better for its homeless population

Ranger services supervisor Doug Carscaden visits an area of the San Luis Creek frequented by the homeless in December 2015 to warn them of the dangers they could face with the heavy rains expected during the winter.
Ranger services supervisor Doug Carscaden visits an area of the San Luis Creek frequented by the homeless in December 2015 to warn them of the dangers they could face with the heavy rains expected during the winter. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

I live in downtown San Luis Obispo.

My husband and I have become concerned about the growing number of homeless people on our streets and in our parks. Recently, we helped the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association clear away graffiti left behind by an encampment that has been cleared under the bridge near Cheng Park (at Marsh and Santa Rosa streets).

I have some time ago read “A Path to a Home: San Luis Obispo Countywide 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness.”

We are now in year eight of this plan. And given what I see on our streets and in our parks today, I question our progress toward this goal. I’m educating myself about homelessness, and I know how severely our state is being impacted by it — 22 percent of America’s homeless reside in California.

I call upon the Leadership Council Committee that generated this impressive 10-year plan to hold a meeting to update our community about our progress toward housing San Luis Obispo County’s homeless.

We need to know where we are so we can rally more of us to plan where we need to go. San Luis Obispo County can be an incubator for change!

Karen Wyckoff Bren, San Luis Obispo

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