Saturday, March 15, 2008

I wish this story was about Orlando

To grow physically and spiritually, the city must embrace the needs of its most vulnerable residents – particularly the homeless – and not leave them behind while those stronger thrive, the mayor said.

A new downtown homeless assistance center will open this spring, and that should significantly improve homeless residents' lives.

The mayor called on area businesses to support -- through word and checkbook -- efforts combating homelessness and its root causes. "The private sector must step up," he said. "Government can't do everything and shouldn't do everything. It should set a foundation; it should set priorities."

I wish this story was about Orlando. Maybe someday there will be a story like this about Orlando. But today's applause goes to Dallas.

Read the Dallas Morning News article here. For more info about homelessness in Dallas, and what's being done there, check out Larry James' Urban Daily.

4 Comments:

At 4:21 PM, Blogger Larry James said...

Ms. Dowd, thanks for the props on the effort here in Dallas. We have so far to go. Encouragement from anohter city helps.

 
At 11:23 PM, OpenID michael said...

Like you, I wish this story was about my community as well.

What makes it all the more poignant, is that my community has the resources to make a difference, but would rather spend those resources on "cosmetic" improvements, while allowing its local homeless population continue to exist on the fringes.

 
At 6:03 PM, Blogger Michaelann Bewsee said...

Supposedly Springfield will have one when the Worthington St. shelter expands, but that's whast we've been told for three years...i know fundraising is hard, but why can't our city come up with something, even if just temporarily?

 
At 11:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't understand the thinking concerning the homeless. If the folks who are concerned about homeless people actually took a homeless person into "their" home, wouldn't this go a long way to actually solving the issue?

It's a sort of a "What would Jesus do" question.

 

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