Regardless of what your opinion of Arkley is, homeless/transients aren't just looking for places to sleep they are (not all) committing lude behavior and at times, crimes against our community. We have personally been victim to this. It is hard to explain to my kids why a transient woman chooses to walk out in front of my car on Samoa bridge nearly being hit by cars to spit on them as they go by, why someone stands on a corner with a sign that says"you can verbally abuse me for spare change", why an unfortunate soul rolls into the eureka co-op bleeding through the store in a hospital gown and wheelchair. These occurrences make me wonder what the heck is happening to this town? What about establishing more of what John Shelter offers with New Directions: have transient folks volunteer and get job training by local business owners. Perhaps have folks that are caught and released from county jail automatically go into a community volunteer program. And yes mental health and substance abuse issues have alot to do with things. My hope is that we can come together to find solutions for our community from this initial meeting.
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In Print This Week:
Apr 20, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 16
North Coast Journal
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