SHARE teaches homeless important values
I have been a social worker in downtown Seattle for more than 36 years [“Homeless group’s tough tactics draw criticism,” page one, June 3]. I have seen the homeless population grow in ways that could not have been anticipated three and a half decades ago.Feckless policies at all levels of government, a rapidly changing work environment and a chaotic for-profit medical system have all contributed to the burgeoning ranks of the homeless.
In my experience, one of the most dedicated and effective local organizations addressing this tragic situation is SHARE, the Seattle Housing and Resource Effort. The recent portrayal of SHARE in The Seattle Times was biased and unfair
In addition to getting the most out of its allotted funding, SHARE teaches its participants a sense of political awareness and empowerment. Many would prefer the poor and homeless to be silent and invisible, but SHARE encourages its members to stand up, be heard and be recognized. It calls for the political order to adequately address the systemic disaster that is homelessness.
Perhaps one day the impoverished of this nation will get organized on a truly broad basis and agitate loudly for economic justice. If that day ever comes, SHARE will have been responsible for showing the way.
Joe Martin, Seattle