Re "Agency tallies region's homeless" (Our Region, Jan. 26): A pregnant woman is sleeping in her car hiding from her abusive husband. Another pregnant woman is sleeping in the bushes while her husband is watching the night. Three beautiful long-haired cats are out of place in the tidy subcompact car, and sleeping in the driver's seat is an elderly woman with silver hair, maybe somebody's grandmother.
My area for counting the homeless was not downtown Sacramento or on the American River Parkway, both of which are well known for having a homeless population. Mine was just a short drive southwest of The Fountains and the Galleria in Roseville. There were other homeless persons we encountered during the wet, cold night, but these folks stood out to me. Homeless people are a region-wide problem that reaches all of us. One step at a time, one day at a time those of us more fortunate can make a difference.
-- Steve Fehrenbacher, Sacramento