I have been closely following the Statesman’s articles on Boise’s homeless crisis. Mayor Dave Bieter and the City Council are working towards a long-term solution of free housing, food and medical care for the homeless, with no undignified requirements that the beneficiaries follow any unacceptable rules of behavior. This could easily be funded by Boise taxpayers, simply by diverting the mayor’s proposed multimillion-dollar light-rail budget into homeless housing and support.
Unfortunately, Boise needs an immediate solution this winter for the homeless who do not wish exposure to the seemingly unreasonable rules and “religious agenda” in existing homeless shelters. The solution is obvious: Boise’s homeless advocates, such as Leo Morales, Barbara Kemp, Howard Belodoff and Kayla Moore, should open their hearts and their homes to the free-spirited homeless who will not accept faith-based shelters’ rules.
Each homeless advocate can take one or more of these needy folks into their homes this winter, or at least let the homeless pitch a tent in their backyards and use the advocate’s shower, bathroom and kitchen for their basic needs. This will also help demonstrate to heartless right-wingers that Boise’s homeless advocates are not hypocrites whose charity is limited to spending the taxpayers’ money.
Peter Humm, Mountain Home