San Francisco has a new program they’re rolling out to combat homelessness [Atlanta has already instituted this program].  They’re called homeless meters.  They’re just like parking meters except the money goes to homeless shelters.  They’re goal is to keep people from having to give money directly to the homeless.  They can put it in the meter instead.  The article I read referred to the homeless as San Francisco’s most vexing problem.

I’ve got to be honest.  The fact that a person that has ended up living on the street is referred to as San Fran’s biggest problem really angers me.

A homeless person is not a problem that you just have to deal with.  They’re not like a bunch of mice in your house that you have to figure out how to get rid of.  They are people.  People lovingly created by God in his image just like the rest of us.  The only difference between us and them is that somewhere along the line they have ended up homeless.  There are various reasons for where they have ended up, but that doesn’t change the fact that they need help now.

I’m sorry for the rant, but a person being homeless is not a problem to be hidden or dealt with so that they don’t bother anyone.  A homeless person is a person.  A person that for whatever reason has ended up living on the street and may not know how to correct the situation.  They need sincere help and love.  Not a parking meter to help keep them separated from the rest of society.


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