Dehumanizing folks doesn’t remedy homelessness.

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You won’t understand it from the tenor of the dialog this week in Bradford, however it’s value emphasizing that folks experiencing homelessness are extra probably to be victims of a violent crime quite than perpetrators.

As many  Bradford residents clamored towards an early proposal to create a kind of homeless commune of their city, an unlucky and unhelpful narrative about unhoused folks appeared to take maintain of their reported objections. These objections, in some circumstances, appeared to solid homeless folks as some kind of menace to the neighborhood requiring elevated legislation enforcement presence — and perhaps even the motion of native gun homeowners.

People who find themselves experiencing homelessness usually are not a monolith and they don’t seem to be some kind of outdoors menace to our communities. They’re a part of our communities, they usually have distinctive causes for his or her circumstances. Sure, they’re usually dealing with challenges involving psychological well being and substance use. However we as fellow neighborhood members, in all communities, want to assist meet these challenges with providers and assist, not scorn.