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Mental hospitals, not handouts, for parkway homeless

A homeless man rides his bike through the burned remains of grass and trees in Sacramento’s Discovery Park.
A homeless man rides his bike through the burned remains of grass and trees in Sacramento’s Discovery Park. rpench@sacbee.com

Mental hospitals, not handouts, for parkway homeless

Re “Don’t give up on helping homeless” (Editorials, Oct. 4): Most people seem to think that if we build houses for the homeless, the problem of homelessness and fires in the parkway will disappear.

Building houses for them would only attract more homeless to the Sacramento area. Loaves and Fishes already does enough of that.

Mentally ill and drug users make up probably at least half of those camped along the parkway. Those poor unfortunates need psychological help.

Low-income housing, halfway houses and welfare handouts will not solve the problem, and now the state is emptying prisons of drug offenders, which will make it worse.

The problem is not Sacramento’s alone. It is the state’s problem.

Until we detour more of the money that we waste on welfare, halfway houses and other projects for these people into instead building and running mental hospitals, nothing is going to change.

Chuck Beaver, Carmichael

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