Re: A look at the task force on homelessness, news, Aug. 30.
The Santa Clarita City Council is undertaking a worthy yet difficult task when it comes to the homeless population, and they should be applauded for their efforts.
Certainly, the initial creation of an ad hoc committee of invited “shareholders” was wise, but left out were the obvious voices of the vulnerable elder senior population.
Many of them face increasing living costs, including rents and medical care, that put them on the precipice of homelessness.
The City Council has voted to move their plan forward, but some of the questions and components of inclusion are clearly missing. Versatility to correct these omissions is a valued part of government and should be re-examined as this challenge is undertaken.
Solving the homelessness crisis will not be easy, but hearing the voices of elder seniors and their advocates must be a part of this discussion.
Gene Uzawa Dorio, M.D.