Opinion

Roberts: Why is it so difficult to help people who are homeless?

By | Sep 23, 2019

Fifteen years ago, I was working with a newly hired PATH employee who had just graduated from our local college. We were tasked to persuade a neighborhood and its political leaders that a homeless shelter we wanted to build would help, not hurt, the community.

After countless, and frankly, excruciating community meetings and difficult political office visits, my young colleague came up to me, nearly in tears and asked, “Why is our work so hard?” She had assumed people would eagerly want to help get the homeless off the streets.

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