In (“Quest for Homeless Housing Takes Initial Steps,” June 1), it was noted that the city is being asked to consider plans for permanent housing for up to 40 disabled homeless people. As a resident I am sympathetic to the plight of the homeless, but I am not in favor of anything that makes our city any more homeless friendly than it already is. I am afraid permanent housing would make our town more of a magnet.
The article says that Laguna Beach’s Friendship Shelter (who manages Laguna’s homeless shelter), is a residential facility for temporarily displaced individuals that helps them return to independent living. It is my observation that most of the homeless in Laguna are chronic not temporarily displaced individuals. If that were the case I would be more in favor of a public funded permanent facility to support the Friendship Shelter mission statement, but providing such facilities will just increase the demand for an ever-increasing chronic population of homeless.
I would like to think that Laguna could get together with other beach cities in the area and the county facing this same issue to come up with a facility out of town managed by the county. Pooling public financing at the county level seems like a better way to solve the issue than each city having to come up with a solution on its own, and running the risk of a runaway city program requiring ever increasing public funding.
J. T. Price, Laguna Beach