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Latest letters from Citrus Heights readers discuss homelessness in Citrus Heights, including whether vacant lots on Sayonara Drive should be used as a temporary shelter area.
Homeless need shelter in Citrus Heights
[RE: LETTER: Citrus Heights should let homeless camp on Sayonara Drive during virus crisis; March 26th] Since all forms of income have ceased for the homeless, aside from street donations, they are in a desperate situation. This could result in theft in stores or homes. To avoid this possibility and demonstrate true compassion for our fellow human beings, I think setting them up in FEMA shelters on Sayonara Drive or other vacant/limited use areas temporarily (or maybe permanently) is the best solution. Regular monitoring for cleanliness, COVID-19, drug use and safety/security for them and neighbors must be implemented.
-Steven Brooks, Citrus Heights
Sayonara Drive would be great spot for homeless shelter
I read a very well written letter from a homeless man asking the citrus heights city counsel to use the empty lots on Sayonara Drive and let the homeless shelter in one place. That is a great plan!
-Lori Gilbert, Citrus Heights
Realism is needed, not optimism or pessimism
[RE: Guest Column: Program that paid homeless to work ended in failure. Here’s why; March 18th] When you see a glass half full, you are an optimist. When you see a glass half empty, you are a pessimist. When you realize that you have twice as much glass as you need, you are a realist. We have to start becoming realists. Being optimists isn’t working and no one wants to admit to being a pessimist.
Homeless deserve a safe place to sleep
Methamphetamine is dirt cheap these days , I’m told an ounce can be as little as $120. The homeless are using it to stay awake, it’s dangerous to sleep outside. It makes them feel alert, “on top of their game,” and it kills an appetite. Sleep deprivation makes people psychotic.
We have so many sleeping in their cars, trying to hold down a job. These are the people working in restaurants, call centers, and going to school. Trying to make it. Give them a SAFE PLACE TO PARK and help THEM flourish, please. They deserve it.
-Alfred Sanchez, Citrus Heights
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