Letters to the Editor

Law makes finding homes for homeless easier

A fact sheet circulated Dec. 19 by Mick Matthews at a "Resource Center Year-End Reflections 2007" is certain to give a big boost to the establishment of homeless transitional housing in Turlock. Senate Bill 2, signed by the governor in October, will "ensure that every jurisdiction identifies potential sites where new emergency shelters can be located without discretionary review by the local government. ... It increases protections for providers seeking to open a new emergency shelter, transitional housing or supportive housing development, by limiting the instances in which local governments can deny such developments."

This strengthening of California law will relieve some of the burden experienced by homeless activists (and other advocates) when they attempt to provide transitional housing for the homeless and working homeless.

Hooray for the new law! Now the activists can concentrate on finding and implementing sites for ultra-low-cost housing for homeless persons. We no longer have to contend with getting beat up and pushed down by city councils. Our work should be primarily with the homeless and precariously housed -- not with the politicians at city hall.