Monday, March 9, 2009
Is it time for a tent city in Dallas?
Options need to be considered. The homeless population is not likely to decrease anytime soon in Dallas.
Warm weather is coming and many homeless individuals will opt for the open air/outdoor sleeping option. May feel that shelter sleeping is dehumanizing. If you don't understand why, try spending the night in a shelter yourself and see. The danger of disease is also higher among the shelter populations. Some have had poor experiences due to theft of personal belongings or threatening situations.
Other cities are opting for 'safe zone' areas or tent cities where the homeless can sleep knowing they won't be harassed by the police or fearing that their belongings will be tossed during a sweep of their campsite. Other cities are losing lawsuits due to those practices too.
We are all aware that there are not enough shelter beds available in Dallas. If you took all of the homeless off the street there is no way to provide a bed for all in need of one.
Options need to be considered. The homeless population is not likely to decrease anytime soon in Dallas. Considering current economics it would be the smart thing to do.
Pegasus News Content partner - Dallas Homeless Network