Jessica Dent: Don’t put homelessness on back burner |

Jessica Dent: Don’t put homelessness on back burner

Nobody likes to talk about it, but homelessness is a big issue that causes both moral and safety concerns.

According to the January 2015 homeless count, 279 people were living in unsheltered or emergency living arrangements.

One of the most troubling statistics from this study was the number of homeless youth, counted at over 10 percent, near double that of last year. Many homeless individuals have mental health or substance abuse issues that compound their situation, because they struggle with finding help.

It is heart-wrenching to think that the people such as our veterans and young children are living in such difficult conditions.

We also need to look at this problem from the view of our community’s safety. We need only to look back at some of the recent local fires that were likely started in homeless camps, putting many other citizens in danger.

These statistics aren’t just numbers; these are real people struggling to get by each day. I am trying to get a greater public awareness of this issue, because although it’s hard to think about, we need to work together to find a solution instead of continually putting this problem on the back burner.

Jessica Dent

Grass Valley

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