The problem is not hard to fix. Changing the mind set of some policy makers will be more difficult than fixing the problem.

The overwhelming percentage of homelessness is caused by drug or alcohol addiction. First change a few laws, make it illegal to live on the streets.

Next is mandatory mental health and drug rehab, if necessary, when you are arrested for living on the street.

Shelter and food should be given to all. Shelter in big warehousing or even in tent camps is better than living in a box. This is temporary. We can’t afford to house them in other housing, nor can we keep watch on them. Mandatory work for those able is next, picking up trash, cleaning our parks, whatever, the idea is work.

Soon those who must work will get jobs and get paid for them.

Teaching them skills at night instead of TV or games will help those who need skills.

Funny how the same people who scream about the illegals and their kids, who mostly appreciate the shelter we give them, forget about the homeless children who would love the food and school they would now receive. Homelessness will require tough actions to fix.

These ideas are a few that would radically change the numbers in just a few years, but I know we will continue a never-ending, unsuccessful spending of our tax dollars first.

I know many will say this is heartless and cruel. I wonder what the status quo that exists now is?

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Blayd

I find the above letter quite entertaining. I assume that it was supposed to be a parody from the perspective of an alternate universe in a distant galaxy, far, far away from reality.

Meanwhile back on planet Earth-in a little town of San Bernardino County big plans continue with new swimming pools, water rate increases, a library move, and for certain other projects and plans that will certainly be part of the endless vortex of fiscal folly.

Those that live in unincorporated towns and areas close to the gravitational pull of this fiscal black hole disaster also feel the affects. A barely legal "fire tax", closures of fire stations, increased costs of taxable sales items, more traffic lights to burn time and gasoline while driving through the current blight.

On the larger front. The nation's highest gasoline taxes to fund larger sized potholes, more traffic lights, and barriers both big and small to lengthen travel to and fro, and a 80+ billion dollar bull manure train to Cowchilla.

Let's not forget "income inequality" and "offshoring" of corporate gain. A "double Dutch sandwich" isn't and restaurant sandwich offering that most can enjoy. If your sandwich makes you sick, the resulting medical bills should finish a person or family for good if they are (more than likely) underinsured/uninsured.

One last note:. Those dogs and cats that are lounging around doing absolutely nothing of merit in the 7 million dollar hotel recently built by the SBD County should also be required to engage in gainful employment. I know that making them work sounds cruel.... but it's better than a cardboard box.

Branson Hunter

The area needs tiny houses for people without shelter to be secure and safe.

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Blayd

I suspect one would see a new multi-million dollar Ice Skating Rink being built on an overpriced chunk of land before you'll see any type of homeless solution given the track record of this area.

Branson Hunter

Without access to Affordable treatment for substance abuse or psychiatric issues, many homeless man and women continued to descend deeper into a cycle of poverty, drug and alcohol use, and mental illness. Percentage of homeless individuals with co-occurring issues are at least 50%. That should tell us at least 50% of homeless people are just down on their luck due to the hardship of society. Homelessness is a national crisis. It's threatens all of us. The county,Yucca Valley,Twentynine Palms, we are not doing enough because we are all preoccupied. The the elected officials in the Morongo Basin are preoccupied with swimming pools and Project Phoenix, tourism, and the coveted art community.

Mark Simmons

While I agree that homeless is a problem, the author of this letter seems more worried about his wallet than the problem at hand. He also neglects to cite any empirical data or stats to back up his claims. It also seems to me that rather than addressing the problem or lending a hand, the writer would rather see these people whisked away until they have conformed and have been reformed to his standards. He should also be cognizant to the fact that only approximately five percent of those with drug/alcohol problems stay clean. Also, just because one enters a rehab facility, there are no guarantees for lifelong sobriety. I too don’t have a solution to our homeless citizens. But, rather than ostracize them and banish them to a modern day interment camp as suggested by the above letter, I will continue to do what I can help out whenever possible.

Blayd

Some homeless folks will refuse help for a variety of reasons. We as a community cannot always help every last individual. However, as a community we also loose sight that often it's simple economics that start the downward spiral. No simple solutions or easy fixes. It's not going to get better either with advanced automation slowly eroding skilled and semi-skilled positions.

Retirees are now at greater risk than ever before. Hopefully my eventual retirement will be comfortable, but far too many clouds on the horizon that can ruin the best laid planning.

Branson Hunter

There are many stereotypical inaccuracies in Tim's little hatefest against homeless individuals and veterans.

Branson Hunter

Moreover, Tim wants a law to prevent homeless people from living outside on the street. Maybe he would like a law passed where they could live in the trees.

booboo77

Just make it illegal to LIVE and get it over with.

Blayd

Perhaps build a copy of the Tower of London, replete with shackles. It could overlook the new swimming pool, and eventual ice skating rink. Would also solve tree problem as they could get flattened in the process.

Josh

As fellow human beings is it our obligation and responsibility to help others who need it. Regardless of addictions , social status , race , religion, gender , sexual orientation and any other reason we chose to hate one another.

This is not a crisis that we can look at from a , how much it will cost , whats in it for me attitude.

I help when I see the need.

This is especially for people who call themselves Christain or righteous.

Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, "I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

“Then the ( so called) righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

BBB

Hey Tim,

What's the posibiltiy of Joshua Springs CC building some housing for the homeless, especially since the implementation of SB13,AB68,AB670,and AB881. The old football field has space for some units. This would be a far more godly venture, then say erecting a new sign along the road.

BBB

possibility....

Tim Humphreville

Most of the comments come from the supporting of the failed philosophy's we have in place now. Blayd, I was not speaking to just the local problem, but the whole country in general, Yes locally we have way too much of our tax dollars wasted. I suspect that's most places. Too Ben, AKA Branson, Putting the homeless in Tiny houses does not fix the problem, they would have no oversight, nor job training or rehab. Most are as you put it, Down on their luck, Because they have not been responsible citizens, just housing them will not change that. Mark The inurnment camp living, as you put it is close to what most of them need to correct their situation. Josh, as a fellow human being, I want to see policy's that actually fixes the problem, not just throwing money at the problem without results, The status Que is hate, in my opinion. I feel especially bad for the vets, and wonder why we don't treat them better than the illegal's who come here .BBB, I don't belong to JS, so why would I know what they do or don't do for the homeless, I suspect they help in some way, as most churches do.

Blayd

Income inequality, and lack of opportunities and career advancement are a major problem. Robotics will certainly change the employment dynamics as it always has and always will. Automation mean roll back pricing, roll back wages, and rock back opportunities.

The current White House administration doesn't believe in any form of training be it a program they devise, or a modified program similar to the Civilian Conservation Corps that could house, feed, train willing individuals (including our veterans that could either teach or be taught skills) as well as help with our failing infrastructure, parklands, cities and towns.

A sense of well-being and belonging goes a long way towards better mental health.

Stark reality is: as long as big corporate entities are running this country rather than citizens, nothing will change.

T Twelvetrees

In the current setting of the me…me…society, it seems to me that once a person reaches the point of being homeless in today’s world, with computers and the internet being so in your face, and the selling of money (credit) ,there is zero chance of regaining a normal life, ever again. There might be the possibility of using every governmental type of assistance for some people to escape homelessness and poverty, but from what I have seen so far , the future looks bleak for the well seasoned homeless street folks.

The same 4 or 5 people stand in the Home Depot/Walmart traffic island at the main signal holding cardboard signs seeking some kind of help…Money…day after day. One guy used to pitch his tent by the bowling alley at night and do the traffic island during the daytime.. I read his sign and wonder why he does not take the panhandling money, buy a bar of soap and some water, and wash himself. I see him smoking from a $5 pack of smokes….but his hands and face are filthy…His clothes must be glued to him…Ground in grime..street grime.

I was homeless in 1978, a couple of years after I got out of the Army. I lived in Scottsdale and found myself on the streets of downtown Phoenix. Not a situation I would ever hope to be in again. It took me about 2 days to find a place to stay through an acquaintance and I cared for a family in trade for a room and food. Some good luck and an ability to communicate got me back on my feet.. I doubt that I would be able to have the same outcome today. People are no where near as trusting as in 1978 and show little interest in anyone homeless or panhandling somewhere.

booboo77

Good GOD! Josh is RELIGIOUS?

Josh

Thata your only take away ?[cool]

booboo77

No, I bought an egg roll too.

Josh

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