LETTER: Provide a campsite for homeless

The question is, 'What do the homeless want/need?'

Re: Homeless issue

The question is, “What do the homeless want/need?”

From what I can gather, they want a place to call home without being criticized for the way they live.

They need a roof over their heads to protect them from the elements. They need accesses to a bathroom and clean water. They need a way to cook for themselves and stay warm. They need the socialization, counselling and interaction with other individuals.

They are human beings who need our help and support.

Finding some kind of shelter with land to help the homeless should be fairly easy as there is still plenty of land available in Abbotsford. As I pass by all the land across from the existing shelter on Riverside Road, I question the government for not doing enough to help the homeless.

A group campsite would be ideal and we could provide the site with fresh water and toilets. Provide an open but covered area with tables for socializing and comfort, plus a stove for cooking and keeping them warm.

If necessary, the perimeter of the camp could be fenced to prevent predators from stealing valuables. This would also serve a purpose to stop the camp from eroding onto other private properties. The area should be peacefully patrolled regularly to prevent excessive noise and sanitary control.

Our parks could then be returned to families. Taxpayers will feel a reprieve from constant cleanup costs. Homeowners will be relieved that they have security within their homes once again. And the homeless would have a place to call home.

We can all live peacefully with one another if we get a little cooperation from the government. The only action we need is caring enough to do something positive, because this situation is only getting worse.

Val Holroyd

Just Posted

Abbotsford’s Ryan Craig, Vegas Golden Knights chase history

Local product behind bench for expansion team’s incredible championship run

UPDATE: One dead, two in hospital after Highway 1 crash near Bridal Falls

Closure expected to last hours, while drivers are told to take detours

Abbotsford student cleans up at national science fair

Raul Pinol, 15, enters project on condensation of water using geothermal energy

OPINION: Don’t let the jerks grind you down

Indecent politicians need to be rejected, whatever their politics

B.C. Ferries cancels Swartz Bay-Tsawwassen sailings over propulsion problem

11:00 ferry now good to go, but lines anticipated

Buy a lotto ticket and be a hero to B.C. burn victims

The Hometown Heroes Lottery is offering up seven grand prizes including a home in Lake Country

VIDEO: Pipeline supporters rally across B.C.

Five simultaneous events organized by month-old Suits and Boots lobby group

Giant beer tanks arrive in new B.C. home city

Molson Coors tanks finish river journey and move to overland trip in Chilliwack

VIDEO: B.C. woman praises burn fund after boat explosion in 1978

White Rock woman was 16 years old when she was left with second- and third-degree burns

CP rail workers give strike notice

Employees could walk out as early as Tuesday at 7 p.m. PT

Suspected scammer attempts to use Black Press newspaper to dupe woman

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre offers tips after Langley resident received suspicious call

Vote points to abortion being legalized in Ireland

Voters asked whether to keep or repeal Eighth Amendment to Roman Catholic Ireland’s Constitution

COLUMN: Women’s breasts really aren’t that big a deal

A follow on some Princeton, B.C., students gained considerable exposure when they dropped their bras

Most Read