LETTERS: Lack of action on Sooke homelessness

Re: Lack of shelter leaves homesless out in the cold (News, Dec. 5)

When are we going to have people understand that there are always consequences for any actions?

The Sooke Shelter Society is asking residents to open their doors and allow some of the community’s less fortunate during the cold weather period.

But with this there are some rules: no drugs, no alcohol, bags and belongings are checked in and secured and you have to stay inside during the night. I don’t know what discussions were held in regards to smokers, but I imagine this was also discussed.

Some very basic rules that many, if not all Sooke residents, would not find intrusive and be more than acceptable for anyone needing help.

But not according to Sherry Thompson. She says there’s a “stigma that many homeless face.” I agree there’s a stigma, and that stigma can only change by all working together not just one side giving and others receiving.

For our mayor to say: “This situation is really unacceptable. We’re better than this. We need to work together as a community to provide something for those in need in a community as wonderful as Sooke.”

Great comments from the mayor, but like all, we live by the rules and there are always consequences for any action. Or in this case the lack of action taken.

Murray Lambert

Sooke

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