Let me see if I have this right. Grandma becomes homeless because she lives on a fixed income and the bills get to be too much. She reaches out for help, and the agencies that are supposed to help cannot. She tries to get into a shelter, but they are full. She ends up in a doorway. Now, instead of a grandmother, she is a “drug addicted mentally disabled person who is a threat to all that is good and proper.” That is what most who see her in that doorway are thinking. Do you see the problem?
—Mike Zint of “First they came for the Homeless,” in the San Francisco Bay Area