SUPPORT THIS INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM
The article you’re about to read is from our reporters doing their important work — investigating, researching, and writing their stories. We want to provide informative and inspirational stories that connect you to the people, issues and opportunities within our community. Journalism requires lots of resources. Today, our business model has been interrupted by the pandemic; the vast majority of our advertisers’ businesses have been impacted. That’s why the SC Times is now turning to you for financial support. Learn more about our new Insider’s program here. Thank you.

ANITA PENNER, Capistrano Beach

Regarding the article about the longtime residents at Vista Del Mar Apartments who are being evicted to make room for homeless people, I was so astonished that I sat down to write my first-ever letter to an editor.  Let us consider the current residents who have worked hard to supply shelter for themselves and their families, including perhaps extended members such as aging or sick parents and grandparents. It’s hard work and sometimes requires them to clench their teeth in order to succeed at jobs that keep their families off the street. When we see these hard-working people, we feel compassion. They should be supported in their struggle. In my opinion, it is a waste of energy to support those, like the homeless, who live only for themselves and forget about others. You can be sure this so-called charitable act for the homeless will enrich a select few at the cost of making life difficult for the many who are being evicted. I hope that an in-depth investigation into the “real” purpose of buying up those apartments is conducted by the city’s legal department. Residents of San Clemente should insist on it.

=

BECOME AN INSIDER TODAY
Trustworthy, accurate and reliable local news stories are more important now than ever. Support our newsroom by making a contribution and becoming a subscribing member today.

About The Author Staff

comments (1)

  • Anita, I don’t defend Friendship shelter’s choice here, but want to correct something you said. You said, “…like the homeless, who live only for themselves.” This is a very unfair and false stereotype. Firstly, I don’t know who would fall into this category at all, but even assuming some would, surely not all would. AND the people who are eligible for Permanent Supportive Housing (what Friendship Shelter is providing) are poor DISABLED people who have been chronically homeless. SO many people on our streets are disabled, and can not, without help, succeed as the rest of us do. They are living on the streets or in shelters because they are poor and disabled, and because they do not have adequate family support. Imagine all the disabled people you know who are ok because they have someone with money helping them. Imagine those people without loved ones who can help them. It’s not right to leave disabled people on our streets!

    Please understand, when looking at this issue, that while it is not all-around cool what’s happening, it is about helping people who genuinely need help. Let’s criticize the choice without maligning the needy people Friendship Shelter is trying to help.

comments (1)

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>