Area homeless need our compassion (column)

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January 19, 2018 - 12:00 AM

We at Humanity House wonder if we could extend the same courtesy to human beings that we do to animals.

When the temperatures are as dangerously cold as they have been, we make sure that animals are sheltered, warm and fed. We go out of our way to make sure that animals don’t die from exposure to the elements. Even if the animal doesn’t belong to us and we don’t feel comfortable taking in a stray animal, we open our garages, find them food, and make them a bed from old blankets. These are the homeless dogs and cats that live among us.

The homeless human beings in Allen County don’t fare as well. The Point in Time (PIT Count) places 1,037 people who are homeless in the state of Kansas. Of those, Allen County has its fair share. Some are “lucky” and live in cars, sheds, or condemned homes. But some have no shelter at all.

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