Let homeless youth sleep inside City Hall

TumwaterMarch 26, 2013 

I just finished reading the letters to the editor on March 17. The letter from John Wasierski Sr. is appalling regarding teen homelessness. Most of these homeless teens don’t live on the streets by choice. Some have parents who can’t take care of them anymore, because of drugs or abuse. Some have no family at all. They do not choose to be in the situation they’re in.

If he wants to help clean up downtown, I suggest he volunteer a few hours a week and meet these kids face to face. There are a few organizations where he can volunteer. Community Youth Services has helped children, teens and young adults survive some of society’s harshest realities: homelessness, abuse, poverty, crime. Through a continuum of interrelated programs, we can enable young people to reach the ultimate goals of safety.

Now, if you want to complain about something, how about that our community spent over $35 million on a children’s museum or how about a $35.6 million City Hall? We won’t even let our homeless youth sleep on the front entrance of City Hall. Is that crazy or what? Why not let them sleep inside so they have a safe place to sleep? It is a “City Hall” isn’t it?

We need to take care of our homeless youth so they might have the same chances in life to be productive in our community.

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