Misunderstanding of the homeless problem

04/23/2014 8:04 PM

04/24/2014 9:09 AM

Re "No fan of the homeless" (Letters, April 23): Shari Baelfyr's understanding of the homeless problem is sadly typical of so many in our community. She assumes the homeless fall into one of two categories: those who are mentally ill and those who chose to be homeless as a lifestyle and work the system.

She suggests they should all be sent packing to "undeveloped open land between South Sacramento and Elk Grove". She ought to get out in the community and actually meet some homeless people. She would discover the truth is far more complex. We will begin to solve the homeless problem when good people in the community decide to start helping the homeless instead of just wishing they would go away.

-- Richard Heltzel, Sacramento

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