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Letter: Find space for the homeless

Find space for homeless

Multiple Roseburg City Council members have now expressed reservations about creating a space where homeless people can legally camp or reside. These council members did not attend the planning meeting where the idea was discussed and I would be surprised to learn if they have traveled to visit such spaces in other parts of the state.

It is difficult to know how council members believe they are adequately representing their homeless constituents. It is insufficient to simply point to the existence of the rescue mission as if it resolves the matter. In case it was not obvious, the mission of the rescue mission is not to provide social services. The success stories of the rescue mission are always conversion stories. Finding housing is not success, finding Jesus is.

There needs to be a space for those without housing who are either denied access to the rescue mission or, for any number of legitimate reasons, do not feel comfortable in that space. There needs to be a space that is governed by the people who live there; where rules and regulations are agreed upon and not dictated. A legal camp space would not only provide shelter but would also empower its residents.

Jeri Benedetto

Oakland


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