After reading this article, I am convinced of something I already know!
There are too many homeless in Lynn, Massachusetts.
When I look outside or around my offices, I see them all over the downtown area. I see them trying to get into the heated common areas of the loft and office buildings. They are just trying to warm up.
The homeless I see are single men.
They may be mentally ill, alcoholics, drug addicts, or fresh out of jail……or simply down and out of luck. Whatever their “current situation” they need to be given a place to stay warm in the winter.
Many programs exist for battered, poor and single women and their children. Programs for men are few and far between.
More shelters need to be built to service the large homeless population in downtown Lynn. These men, with a small amount of help would be able to get back on their feet. The men need nothing fancy, just a place to warm up and stay out of the cold and a “chance”!
I hope in 2010, that more attention is given to this overlooked segment of the population. The city needs to tend them. They are here and have been for years.
With a little investment on their part, I am certain the city would see many improvements!