No solution to homeless woes

July 4, 2013 

The letter "Give the homeless a place to stay" (June 28) smells a little bit like a political campaign slogan to ride on. The La Loma neighborhood does not need another place for the homeless to congregate. You are delusional if you think this will reduce panhandling, theft, drugs and violent attacks.

I operate a senior apartment complex and have spent three years making this a safe place to live for my senior-disabled tenants. I have thrown homeless off this property and down the block so that the people in this area are not subjected to their depravity. They have places to go now and they still commit all of the crimes you believe will magically disappear because they are provided with yet another place to congregate.

I have been assaulted twice; my property and tenants have been subjected to assaults, sexual threats, carjackings, stolen cars, death threats, stolen property, defecation, intimidation and destruction of the neighborhood. If you truly think this is helping the homeless and that is your intent, put it next to your house. Subject your family and property to this. Somehow I think your neighbors would object, and so do I.

BABETTE BOWEN

Modesto

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