I am a student at California State University, Stanislaus, and the vice president of the Hunger Network Club. Our club's goals include helping those who are hungry or homeless. Due to a recent decision by the Turlock City Council, the homeless were without shelter for the month of April. It is regrettable the city has not built a permanent shelter, but more so that the city wants to sell the shelter, leaving it with no winter shelter.
Turlock is one of the few cities without a permanent shelter and should be ashamed. Many individuals showed up to the council meeting, and after they explained the situation were told that no decision could be made. The lack of response to the people by their own council is awful. Instead, $19,000 is being spent to study the homeless problem in Turlock. I cannot think of a bigger waste of money.
Neatly hiding the homeless will not solve the problem, and those of us who do care will protest (either loudly or silently) until the council can recognize that the homeless are human beings and we can't just ignore them.