I also have a homeless camp in the greenbelt in the back of my home. I have never felt threatened by the homeless people camped there. Last Christmas, I gave out secondhand coats to the campers.
My problem with this situation is the mess, not the people. Cleanup is more expensive than preventing the accumulation of trash and other unsanitary things. If the city provided a portable toilet and a dumpster at each end of the greenbelt, the people would use them. A safe-injection site nearby would also help.
We need to get these folks into housing, but for now we can at least make their lives (and ours) a bit better by keeping the mess under control.
Bob Holley, Seattle
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