Archive for November 8th, 2012

by lizard

This weekend, the cold arrives, which makes this a good time to remind local readers that people on the economic margins of our community don’t always have the security of somewhere warm to sleep.

Last month, Missoula’s 10 year plan to end homelessness opened up for public comment. It’s worth taking the time to read. I’ve been very encouraged, following this process, to see what’s being shaped.

After reading the 40+ pages, one of the big takeaways is the need to focus more resources on prevention.

But what does that actually mean?

It might help to understand how precarious housing can be. It can range from couch surfing to weekly motels; car sleeping to a sleeping bag beneath a tarp, beneath a bridge.

What all those options have in common is a vulnerability to loss, which was highlighted yesterday by this letter published in the Missoulian. The letter describes a homeless veteran getting kicked out of his motel room for the Griz/Cat game. Read it below the fold.

Why can’t we do better than this? Continue Reading »

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