With economic issues and ongoing problems with drug abuse on the front burner, other issues like homelessness may not normally get the same attention. But with winter just around the corner, and our local homeless shelter still feeling the financial pinch, our local officials in Hazard are right to shine the spotlight on this issue.
We applaud Mayor Gorman and other officials for their concern, and urge representatives from our local churches and other non-profits to consider attending a meeting on Tuesday, September 18 at 1 p.m. at City Hall. This meeting could mean the difference between a man or woman getting the help they need to find temporary or even permanent housing, rather than having to sleep in a car or under a bridge somewhere.
Because while the homeless shelter does provide night time shelter, it should be noted that Corner Haven can do a lot more than simply offer a roof over someone’s head when the shelter operates at full capacity. The shelter can also offer transitional housing, and help men and women who may have hit a rough patch find a place to live and work to rebuild their lives.
It’s true, however, that we live in an uncertain time economically. The coal industry is hurting, and operators are left to look for overseas to sell their coal. Here in Eastern Kentucky that hurts especially hard, and in turn there may not be as much money to go around. But this is one issue where we hope that the community can come together and at least help the get the shelter open full time through the winter months.
The year is 2012, and in an America where we’ve put people on the moon, a nuclear powered rover on Mars, and found the cures for countless diseases, homelessness shouldn’t really be an issue that we should have to deal with. But, sadly, it is, and for the time being it is not something for which we should turn a blind eye.
We again urge anyone interested in pitching in to help Corner Haven attend next week’s meeting. It could make all the difference.
— The Hazard Herald