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Letter: You need ‘a place’ to shelter in place; homelessness could see a spike on our current trajectory

I sincerely hope and fervently pray that we do not come to this point, but we have to keep in mind that the day may come when foreclosures and evictions will have to move forward.

We may come to that point before we have an effective vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, and if we do get to that point, we will have a homeless crisis the likes we have not seen since the Great Depression. Perhaps there will even be a crisis that will dwarf what we read about in history books.

If we do get to that point, all of the stay-at-home orders will do us no good. People with the illness will be intermingling on the streets with people who are healthy. The virus will spread unchecked.

We may come to a point where the economy will need to be restarted taking the proper precautions and assuming the risk of getting ill. We may need to provide services not now considered essential so that people can work and pay the bills. This could be necessary to avoid this potential homeless crisis. Government leaders in our cities, counties, states and nations need to understand that shelter at home will not work when there is no home to shelter in.

Ben Hunt

Sandy