The local homeless service provider organization in Indianapolis seems to be on top of this issue too with a Note posted as well here (http://on.fb.me/zFD7ch)!
We MUST bring this issue local, for Savannah, it’s been talked about clearing the tent cities & we’re just wondering, what’s our stance on the Super Bowl of Savannah, St. Patrick’s Day!
Will our police & local tourism business sector be hyping up St Patrick’s Day & the effect of the homeless on the “celebration”?
You see with all the revelry & partying there’s another issue too!
- How will we educate our locals & visitors about the dangers of just giving money to the panhandlers so they can maintain their addictions all in the spirit of the weekend?
The interviews have already started on local TV outlets & the new City Council will certainly be addressing their first St. Patrick’s Day in office soon with the new regulations etc.
We suggest that they take a positive stance & address the issue we raise!
Raising awareness with our visitors that Savannah cares about the effect on our addicted & chronic homeless citizens from all the partying!
We realize that our residents & the visitors want to keep the spirit of the celebration going & may just hand out a drink or some money to our people on the street just to maintain the party atmosphere & so they don’t have to take another stance BUT… – we owe it to those who can’t manage just another drink the same way the other partiers can! Discernment of risk to another human being is what we’re talking about here!
Get the message to these visitors & locals as well:
- We want you to do something else than giving them a few dollars for their next drink,
- Buy some Hydra Hope water &
- Support building more detox beds here in Savannah so we can get these chronic homeless off the streets & on a path to “Housing First” too!
Our Campaign has started for “Don’t Feed the Homeless on St. Patrick’s Day 2012” so stay tuned!