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August 8, 2013 at 7:02 AM

Helping the homeless

Apathy toward growing problem

Steve Alvarez, a 42-year-old homeless diabetic, receives dinner from Charlie Knowlton at Community Dinners church at the Bitter Lake Community Center in May. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

Steve Alvarez, a 42-year-old homeless diabetic, receives dinner from Charlie Knowlton at Community Dinners church at the Bitter Lake Community Center in May. [Erika Schultz, The Seattle Times.]

While I wasn’t shocked at the city of Seattle’s decision to reject Nick Licata’s proposal, I was slightly thrown by some of the comments on the recent editorial on homelessness. [“Who will step up to help the homeless?”, Opinion, Aug. 4.]

I am starting to understand that there is widespread apathy in this country toward those who are struggling. I too wonder where the Seattle churches are, and why they are not stepping up. Meanwhile, the problem isn’t getting any better.

Currently, nearly one out of every six Americans is living in poverty. Four walls and perhaps a plumbing system are the only difference between the 2,500 homeless people in Seattle and the 766,000 others in the state of Washington who live below the poverty line.

There is a Facebook site that puts a face to Seattle’s homeless, called Homeless in Seattle. Many of these people are attempting to earn their way, just like so many other families that are struggling in the U.S. today. They just don’t have four walls to hide behind.

Johna Peterson, Olympia

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