Letter: Spend now, save more later

Editor:

Thanks to Kamlops Coun. Dale Bass for her recent View from City Hall column, in which she urges us us to rethink how we deal with homelessness (‘A serious rethink is needed,’ July 7).

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An issue like this shouldn’t come down to dollars and cents. We should be willing to solve it based entirely on humanity and compassion.

Sadly, so often detractors of social support resources stand on the perception that trying to help those not able to help themselves is equivalent to burning tax dollars.

The economics of the situation are clear and have been demonstrated in jurisdictions all over the world, including here in B.C.

Help these people by meeting them where they are at and spend what is needed on mental-health supports to treat underlying issues that worsen their ability to care for themselves.

No, that alone is not cheap. Policing, ambulance, hospital and social costs aren’t cheap, either.

Let’s figure out how to spend some now to save a lot later. Not only will we be saving dollars when all is said and done, but we will also be saving lives.

Tyler Carpentier

Kamloops

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