Reader's View: Duluth needs bill of rights for homeless
Imagine living a life with no place to call home. I have worked closely with friends who have experienced homelessness. They deserve the respect and dignity that comes with being a human. They are our neighbors. They are brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, sons, or daughters.
There are many things that most of us do not have to worry about, that are a given that we may take for granted, but that for our homeless friends and neighbors cause worry on a daily basis. Many of us do not need to worry if we are caught in the rain, stuck in snow, or need to use a restroom. We do not have to worry what happens if it gets too hot or too cold. Many of us have a place to go. We have a bed to sleep in and in a safe environment.
Yes, we all want housing; yet, right now, affordable housing is not available to all who need it. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, affordable housing is defined as not exceeding 30 percent of one's income. Many are paying much more than that for rent.
Especially now, since many do not have a place to call home, we need a Homeless Person's Bill of Rights in the city of Duluth. I am proud to support the effort now ongoing to create one. And I am glad that those most affected by homelessness are having input in drafting the bill of rights.