Letters to the Editor

Help for homeless people pays off

In a recent Turlock City Council meeting, it was stated that after next year the city would not be involved in providing a shelter for the homeless. If this course is followed, the city would be penny-wise and pound-foolish.

  1. The faith shelters will not accommodate even half of Turlock's estimated 300 homeless. Many homeless will not go to a shelter with a religious requirement.
  • If the homeless are not helped, they will be forced to steal more. This will require more police protection and more people in jail.
  • If many of the homeless are left on the street, many will become ill and go to the emergency room of the hospital.
  • If the homeless are helped, many of them can become useful taxpaying citizens.
  • Turlock must speed its efforts to provide shelter for the homeless. San Francisco, Fresno, Merced and other cities are doing the same.