To the editor,
Re: Crime spreading city’s emergency services thinly, Letters, Feb. 27.
I completely agree with the writer but unfortunately, the various levels of government seem to have a knee jerk reaction to this complex issue.
On one hand, the province took away the funding for mental health hospitals and set up independent housing with some support. Then the next government comes along, and cuts back funding, with some people ending up on the streets, or are, set up in residential houses by contractors.
Some of these places can sometimes hold multiple bunk beds in one room, and the residents have to vacate the premises during the day. With nothing to do, they just wander aimlessly in the neighbourhood.
That is not the proper way to help people who need to be looked after properly. It’s time to restore funding for mental health hospitals.
J. Mercier, Nanaimo
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