Pressing for Action on Homelessness

Jan 19, 2016

The declaration "Housing is a Human Right" was a central theme of Tuesday's teach-in presentations.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The drama of Monday’s overnight  “Solidarity Sleep-Out” to raise awareness of homelessness in Sonoma County became a multifaceted discussion of the issue on Tuesday.  

Gerry La Londe-Berg led a walking tour of the former Community Hospital complex that straddles Chanate Road. Homeless advocates want to see some of the empty buildings there made available as temporary shelter for homeless people who are living outdoors during the winter weather.
Credit Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Events such as those of the past two days not only raise awareness about the issues of homelessness, they also serve to combat inaccurate stereotypes about the people who are shelterless, and how they wound up in that state, notes Georgia Berland, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Task Force on the Homeless.

When met individually, every homeless person has a unique personal history and individual situation, adds, Homeless Action member Eric Straatsma. And they can be very different than might be expected.