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Our View: Help house the homeless for holidays

Posted: December 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: December 16, 2011 1:55 a.m.

We often advocate for SCV residents giving back to the community, to better the lives of less-fortunate locals and adopt an overall sense of pride for our valley, leading to an urge to improve it and the lives of the people occupying it.

While we still hope locals will follow through with the above, they are passive ideals that one might eventually get around to accepting. What a small group in the SCV needs right now is action.

The Bridge to Home shelter, formerly the SCV Emergency Winter Homeless Shelter, is running dangerously low on funding this year for its family hotel voucher program after its federal aid was slashed and demand increased.

The shelter puts families in local hotels through mid-March — as only single adults can stay in the shelter itself — and it usually hosts one to two families each year. This year, four families in need have been seeking shelter through the program, but there’s just $7,500 to go around.

At this rate, there’s only enough money to stretch to just about the end of December, and then these struggling parents and their children are out on the street in the winter cold and rain.

While there might be a handful of individuals out there who choose to live outside of societal norms and have no aspirations to seek stable employment or permanent housing, these children deserve better. They haven’t done anything to be where they are, except be dealt a tough hand in the game of life.

Yes, times are tight, but there’s a big difference between scrounging through holiday sales to get a new TV for your den and not having a place for you or your kids to sleep.

We implore you to donate what you can to give these families a roof over their heads and beds to sleep in — especially in this season of kindness and charity. Let’s give a hand to the down and out to get them back on their feet.


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