Sound off for July 20, 2014
Last week, the Solano County grand jury issued a report saying the county lacks leadership in finding solutions to the homeless program.
Here are some comments from an article on the report:
- Every time the county creates a homeless shelter, the county gives it away – an example is Heather house – which is why they technically own zero. Not very good fact-finding or history on grand jury’s part. Needs a re-do by people who want to solve the real problem.
- Fairfield makes it too easy for the homeless to stay. What happened to those responsible for the Highway 12 fire? Nobody knows, nothing was reported. The homeless just move to another section of town. What happens now? Another fire? Fairfield is sad when you can’t feel safe in your own house.
- “Solano County has a responsibility to address the homeless issue.” How about a responsiblity to the taxpayers of Solano County and save money? Is there a way to pass a law to ban homeless from cities/counties? Or how about saying they must report nightly to a designated place so they can sleep there? Is there a law that says we have to fund homeless shelters? I know it sounds like I’m cold-hearted, but my neighbors and I are tired of seeing our tax dollars getting shelled out for this kind of activity without requiring anything in return, except that we need to give more and more and more.
- Let’s be compassionate about a problem that will grow each year. Make a system that says we can give homeless food and water in order to register their arrival and a time limit when they will move on. If we stay complacent to the problem, it will out of control fast. I don’t want Fairfield to be a hobo mecca.