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Letter: Something is better than nothing

By Greg Flakus, VANCOUVER
Published: September 27, 2023, 6:00am

I read the editorial “Safe Stay communities humane, efficient,” (In Our View, Sept. 21). The city, while not perfect addressing homeless, is doing something. And something is better than doing nothing.

The goal in the end is to allow these sites to help stabilize, not become permanent locations for its residents. It would be good if these locations could make the residents responsible for garbage cleanup and other bad elements that can develop. The one located at West 11th Street needs to be closely watched as it begins operations.

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