Last login: Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The San Diego community has been moving too slowly in any attempt to fix the continually growing issue of homeless people in San Diego County. Moreover, the problem is hardly improving and there has been the lack of any real solution to get the homeless off of the street corners of San Diego. Since beginning my studies at San Diego State University in 2007, I have noticed a significant increase in the number of homeless occupying the various districts of San Diego.
As the numbers grow, so is the demand by those who are homeless for a place to keep their personal belongings, in places other than the normal shopping cart. I believe that the Water Man Check-In Center’s creation was a great effort by the community to assist San Diego’s homeless population. It moves me that over 150 of those who are homeless have been able to obtain jobs because of the current access that they are given to this storage center. The policy for what is stored, which strictly prohibits drugs, alcohol, and weapons, is a great policy and shows that the organization truly cares for helping the homeless turn their lives around.
It is heartbreaking that this beneficial operation may shut down due to a lack of funding, as community leaders cut back spending on some programs that serve so much good for the community. Leaders in the San Diego community need to realize the importance of having something like these storage centers, and the negative consequences that may arise from disposing of it. They need to take concrete steps and actions now to fix the growing problem. The report mentioned that if this service center went away, there would be more and more homeless on the streets without jobs and a homeless person carrying their belongings in any way, shape, or form that they can, will become more and more common sight. We need to help our fellow San Diegans turn their lives around by doing anything and everything we can to make it happen.
TONY BELSITOSan Diego
March 14, 2012 at 10:28 p.m.
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