Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We All Should Be Part of Efforts to Address the Rise of Homelessness

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We All Should Be Part of Efforts to Address the Rise of Homelessness

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As executive director of a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit focused on homelessness, I applaud the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership's recent initiative ("Campaign to Support Resources for Homeless Starts With Soup and Conversation," Oct. 3). I've been having daily conversations with neighbors, business owners and community leaders about the increase in people who make their home on the streets and public areas of the city. The increase has meant Light of Life is forced to turn people away from our emergency shelter. There are a few factors contributing to this, and all are bolstered by the unrelenting and deadly opioid epidemic.

The PDP's plan to engage people in the topic is vital because it's going to take understanding and support from all of us. Pittsburghers want to help. I urge those looking for ways to help to contact organizations directly involved in providing services to the homeless and addicted in our city. …

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