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Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

Debate Housing for the Homeless Based on Facts

By Marshall Ininns Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter’s proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have made their way in to public statements and news coverage recently. It’s important that we remember the facts: The Alternative Sleeping Location (ASL) emergency shelter:  There seem to be many misconceptions about the current program at the ASL on Laguna Canyon Road […]

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Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Laguna Should Serve as a Beacon for the County

Editor, I have been following the debate regarding the permanent supportive housing proposed by the Friendship Shelter with interest.  First, I feel the project is a definite step in the right direction for both the shelter and the city of Laguna Beach.  I am confident that a positive and workable development will result from this […]

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Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights

Supportive Housing Tour Opens Insights Editor, On Monday, June 30, I went on an informative, free bus tour that was offered by the Friendship Shelter to illustrate how supportive housing works. Our group traveled to Midway City and Anaheim to see successful models of supportive housing for homeless people who struggle with mental illness and […]

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Shouldn’t Everyone Have One?

Shouldn’t Everyone Have One?

  Everyone has something to give, but what do they leave behind? A legacy of some kind, perhaps just a moment of kindness. As I was walking by the bus bench near my office I encountered a thin bearded man who I have heard several times ranting about his troubles with the police. A conversation […]

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Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Canyon Residents Reject Homeless Neighbors

Tempers flared during the second of three community forums hosted by the Friendship Shelter last week to discuss their permanent supportive housing proposal. Thursday’s meeting targeted the project’s impact on Laguna Canyon, but at the outset many of the 45 or so canyon residents who showed up seemed more interested in opposing its location in […]

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Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Housing for Homeless Encounters Resistence

Editor, The proposed development for a permanent supportive 40 unit housing project to house those mental and/or physical disabled will include those with chronic substance abuse issues since sobriety is neither mandatory nor required for any resident. The disabled were identified as those homeless who are mentally (schizophrenia, bipolar, Tourette syndrome, severely depressed, etc), physically […]

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Learn the Facts Firsthand on Housing the Homeless

Learn the Facts Firsthand on Housing the Homeless

Editor, Everything I know firsthand from my 40 years as a resident of Laguna and as a Friendship Shelter board member for more than 15 years was confirmed Sunday night, June 15 by an episode of “60 Minutes.” Anderson Cooper’s piece shows dozens of communities in this country providing housing for their most vulnerable homeless […]

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Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Permanent Supportive Housing Ill-Advised in Flood Plain

Editor, It saddens me that the Friendship Shelter and City Council have created a situation in opposition to complete support for both preservation of Laguna Canyon and those in great need. Respectfully I must choose preservation of natural resources, wildlife habitats and open space knowing that forethought and wise decisions  must be based on historical evidence […]

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A Better Location is Needed

A Better Location is Needed

Editor, David Peck’s letter (“Calling Home,” May 16) is intriguing. He recalled the uproar over the initial site proposed for Laguna’s now 25-year-old Friendship Shelter. “We found a potential site in the canyon, in the middle of a light industrial area, held a public meeting, and people came out of the woodwork to object: a […]

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Calling Home

Calling Home

Editor, The controversy over the proposed homeless shelter in Laguna Canyon carries me back to a similar situation more than 25 years ago when Friendship Shelter first got started. We had been running a temporary shelter at St. Mary’s, organized by Rev. Colin Henderson and staffed by a handful of volunteers, but finally the church […]

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Connection Erases Fears of the Homeless

Connection Erases Fears of the Homeless

By Karen K. Redding It’s that time of year again when I begin to say “good bye” to the MSW interns whom I have supervised over the past academic year at Friendship Shelter. It’s both remarkable and by now almost predictable that what began for students’ as massive feelings of fright and discomfort in working […]

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Homeless Need Caring

Homeless Need Caring

Editor: At the City Council meeting about the proposal for homeless housing I was appalled and astounded at the multitude of negative remarks that I heard from well-respected townspeople and business owners who had witnessed such atrocious behavior from many of our homeless. I have never witnessed these same horrid acts and must therefore add […]

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Supports Housing for Homeless

Supports Housing for Homeless

Editor, We support Friendship Shelter’s proposal for permanent supportive housing for Laguna’s homeless. The City Council did a good thing five years ago in setting up the alternative sleeping location. For a number of those who were homeless at that time, just having a place to sleep undisturbed and to clean up helped them to […]

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Rely on Respected Veterans

Rely on Respected Veterans

Editor, I didn’t get a chance to speak at the last City Council hearing regarding permanent supportive housing and I think of all of us who’ve been serving meals at the ASL for four-plus years that also did not get to speak… For more than 20 years, Friendship Shelter has done an outstanding job supporting […]

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More Law Enforcement Needed in Homeless Problem

More Law Enforcement Needed in Homeless Problem

Editor, I’ve been teaching a weekly meditation/wellness class at Friendship Shelter for four years. My experience with the homeless started when we bought our first house on High Drive, which needed repairs. Contractors were getting hassled by the homeless people who had taken up residence inside. Police came out to explain to me what I […]