JOEL ON HOMELESSNESS and MENTAL ILLNESS

We must address homelessness with compassion and accountability. Tent encampments on our sidewalks are unsafe, unsanitary and unacceptable. We can offer assistance without allowing unruly behavior. We must review the contracts with all the non-profit organizations that City Hall uses to provide homeless services and investigate where money can be saved by eliminating redundancies.

A large number of the homeless population in San Francisco has a mental illness and we must treat the underlying condition. A humane society should make caring for mentally ill people a priority. When someone is suffering from psychosis, housing and job services can't help him if he won't take his medication. We should allow authorities in egregious cases to require people to take the medication they need to function. It's respectful, compassionate and essential.

HOMELESSNESS ESSAYS

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