Last week's question:
What do you think your city can or should do about the homeless people hanging out on city streets?
PROVIDE somewhere for them to go. How about help with housing, food, showers, mental health -- the list goes on.
OPEN MORE SHELTERS -- if possible. Offer more resources that help with mental illness, job readiness (resumes, how to apply, clothing closet for interviews), substance abuse treatment, intervention programs that change thinking. And, when offering the services, treat (the recipients) with respect and be welcoming.
HOW WOULD you like to pay for that? And, let's not assume they want jobs. And, they may not be homeless -- they are most likely scamming.
DEPENDS ON THE type of homeless person. You have respectful happy caring homeless, then you have the straight mean disrespectful homeless who cuss you out if you don't help them out.
GIVE THEM BART tickets or bus passes and send them back to Concord. Kidding of course. There was a rumor a while back that the city of Concord was giving homeless people one-way bus fare to come to Antioch.
Jen Perkins McVicker
HOMELESSNESS IS a tough issue for any city, but for Antioch, it's even more difficult because the city's in the red. I would develop an opportunity shelter where the displaced individuals would reside while also working to maintain the facility, be taught a trade or basic education, so they would be empowered to find work on their own.
This week's question:Brentwood is looking into building a larger library. How pleased are you with the library facilities in your city? What kind of changes would you like to see?
Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Note: Please respond before Monday.