Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Helping the homeless
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

My experience walking the streets as a resident of downtown Salt Lake City is different from what Wayne Livingston described in "Sidewalk poseurs" (Forum, May 18).

In the hundreds of hours I have walked over the past nine months, I have seen people give money to a beggar maybe six times. Those with cardboard signs are not getting rich. If one could make $2,000 a week begging, the streets would have hundreds asking for money.

Livingston thinks the homeless should go to work each day.

Think about it — how do you get a job when you have no address or phone number, no decent clothing and you are missing half your teeth because you can't afford a dentist?

We need to stop condemning those who live on the streets and start finding solutions to mental illness, substance abuse and catastrophic economic problems, the sources of homelessness. The Fourth Street Clinic not only treats health issues but helps its clients to get housing.

It would be a worthy effort for The Tribune to do an in-depth article on the homeless. Give us their stories, so they become human beings and not just an annoyance we put up with.

Maude Norman

Salt Lake City

Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.