Letter: Homeless in Langley… so what?

There's a lack of empathy towards local homeless, these days, writes Joni Outlaw.

Dear Editor,

As a member of our community, I would like to think I lived in a town with compassion.

Yet on a day-to day basis, I see people caring less about those who are not so fortunate.

In regards to Langley’s homelessness issue, the only way things will change is with the communities help.

Why is there such a stigma around the homeless?

I often hear “taxpayers” don’t want their money going towards someone else’s problem. What about the $249,000 already spent this year?

Why not spend it on the solution’s instead of the problems, for example, on housing first projects instead of vandalism, etc.?

It seems so many paint a picture of those who “choose” to be homeless, when most don’t have a choice.

Does that picture include seniors, the disabled, the ones with jobs or better yet the veterans?

The ones who were courageous enough to fight  for our country?

The community can do such great things when we support each other.

Instead, some people feel like refugees in the country in which they were born.

Where has your compassion gone, Langley?

Why is it that some lives matter more than others?

Joni Outlaw, Langley

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