As more tents go up across San Diego, more San Diegans are talking about homelessness – and many of the same myths keep circulating.
We’ve all heard them: Most homeless folks are mentally ill. They don’t want our help. They’re moving here in droves.
None of those statements is entirely true.
But perhaps they serve a purpose. All are convenient crutches that make it easier to avoid confronting the hard work necessary to aid the homeless, especially those who seem hardest to reach.
Some of them involve placing blame or making excuses, which are easier to do than having the tougher, solutions-oriented conversations about whether we’re doing enough to help the homeless and whether the resources we’re offering them are working.