From Santa Cruz Sentinel: As Executive Director at Housing Matters, I walk through Coral Street every morning after parking off site. And every morning, I am filled with empathy.
If you haven’t driven through Coral Street recently, you may not know that it has become a sort of mini encampment for people who are homeless. The sidewalks are completely impassable. Personal belongings, bedding and trash are intermingled. Some might look at this and see blight. I look at it and I see human suffering.
And then I shift my gaze. I look past the sidewalks to the businesses on our street, and I see heartache. I see business owners trying to support their families, I see storefronts that were once much more inviting than they are now. I see hard work and deep roots being eroded by a situation that is outside of business owners’ control.