LETTER: adequate housing is the beginning of the end to homelessness

Quesnel residents shouldn’t put their heads in the sand because it won’t away

Editor,

You are either a part of the solution or a part of the problem.

I hear a lot of things being said as to not wanting a new housing complex to help with the issue of homelessness. However, the people complaining are not offering any solutions.

Homelessness is not going away any time soon. So what do we do about it?

Condemning people is by far not solving the problem.

We can say people should just go get help. Easier said than done. First off people need to have their basic need met, such as adequate housing.

Second, the services needed are not readily available. There is only one treatment centre for the whole North and it is only for men.

There is no detox in Quesnel.

Many watch the show Intervention and think you can get a person in rehab at the drop of a hat. Often the time between detox and rehab is a very long time, which just sets people up for failure.

Also, homeless people often have more than one problem.

I never heard anyone complaining about the drug places that have existed for years around the area where the proposed complex is slated to go.

City council never condemned the building of Coconut Grove.

There is plenty of drug activity all around. The green team goes out and cleans up all the time.

These homeless people never get the credit. It isn’t all the homeless people doing drugs. Many are not.

We can’t act like ostriches with our heads in the sand thinking that the problem is just going to solve itself.

If you are saying bad things about these people, you are tearing them down. It just adds to the problem.

Would you just prefer that people wander the streets or put them where they have a chance to better their lives?

This, one day, could be someone you cherish and love.

“Hate has caused a lot of problems in the world, but it has not solved one year.” (Maya Angelou)

Louis Wannop

Quesnel

Just Posted

Icemen and Meatheads win their first CSS floor hockey games

Meatheads scraped by 8% while the Icemen kept the Chicks with Sticks at bay.

Fly to Iceland to kick off the start of the Bouchie Lake Lawnchair Travel series

Pilot Joan McNaughton spent two weeks exploring the country last September

Ryan Elden looks to win medal for Team B.C. at Canada Winter Games

The Quesnel biathlete started his career competing for Cariboo Ski Touring Club

Coralee Oakes concerned Tuesday’s throne speech too “urban-centric”

North Cariboo MLA doesn’t see enough for rural communities

Delicious donation to The Forge in Quesnel

Cariboo Chapter #71 Order of the Eastern Star and Dairy Queen donated $300

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Father to be charged with first-degree murder in Amber Alert case

11-year-old Riya Rajkumar was found dead in her father’s home in Brampton, Ontario

Most Read