As we all know, homelessness is an ever-increasing problem. This is another very complex issue with no easy answers. I do, however, believe in a humanitarian approach that treats our unhoused population with care and thoughtfulness. Pursuant to the outcome of Martin v. Boise, a city must provide shelter and services if we want to enforce the vagrancy laws on the books. I applaud our city leaders who have made progress in dealing with the issue. The Homeless Connect events and Homeless Task Force have facilitated incremental improvements in how we handle our homeless population. Whatever solutions that are proposed, I will always come down on the side of respecting and helping those that are less fortunate. We cannot simply “kick the can down the road” and make it someone else’s problem. We must engage the community and have a robust discussion to decide on the best location for a safe parking facility and potential shelter. I firmly believe that as a society we are not really ok unless the least fortunate of us is ok at least on a basic level.