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LA Times Covers Costa Mesa’s Homeless Plan

The Sunday LA Times had an article about Costa Mesa’s homeless problem and it sounded like it mirrored Venice. Only Costa Mesa now has two deaths attributed to the cold.

For anyone who is tired of the homeless in Venice or for those who are sympathetic to the homeless, this is a good read. It is the story of one community’s decision to take this issue of homeless on–rise to the occasion.

Two years ago they formed a task force. They asked themselves questions, such as “Were we doing it because it made us feel good or because it was really meeting a need.” They asked themselves questions such as “Is what we are providing encouraging homeless to come to Costa Mesa?”

Becks Heyhoe, director of the Churches Consortium, a collective effort of about a dozen churches, says that the City for the first time in its history has said they are willing to address homelessness in Costa Mesa. The deaths of two last week kicked city services and charities into action.

Here is the link http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-homeless-cold-20130120,0,243727.story

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