DEAR EDITOR:

The homeless anywhere fall into three groups. The mentally infirm who can not or will not conform to the requirements of public housing; individuals who have been thrown out of public housing because of their continuing involvement in illegal drugs; and finally the unfortunate ones, often a whole or part of a family, through poor decisions, sickness, accident or negative circumstances, have lost the roof over their heads.

First, let us take the mentally infirm and place them in a facility where the basic needs of life are provided: shelter, food, clothing and professional supervision so they will not harm themselves or others.

Second, clean out the dirty drug-infested areas of the community removing the inhabitants to a secure facility where they can be evaluated as to their mental ability. If there is hope they can be treated for their drug addictions such treatment will be provided, by force if necessary. If they are no longer able to function by providing for their own needs they will be committed to the same location as the first group.

The third group, after confirming there are no outstanding serious criminal charges against them, will be provided with free public housing that will be carefully monitored by authorities to keep everyone safe. Such persons living in public housing will be provided with free basic utilities and a somewhat limited grocery debit card. If they are physically able they shall accept a part- or full-time time job working with a public service agency for a small salary in the community until they find a better paying job. The community leaders will provide great support in keeping these charges motivated and on track to succeed on their own again. With an improving economy public assistance for physically able people should be less than six months.

Stanley Montcalm

Powder Springs

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