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Thanks to those who helped the city's homeless

Tony Simmons

Despite the ruthless and cavalier manner with which the mayor's office steam-rolled the rights of homeless people camped under the JFX, there is a certain sense in which clearing the site was actually a good thing ("Homeless camp's clearing brings hope, questions," March 9).

Transition of any kind after a period of stability — if one could call it that, given how the campers were living — comes with a natural degree of resistance. What many of the campers talk about is the sense of community and camaraderie that grew up among them over the months they were there.

Yet their removal was a positive action in the long run. Getting them off the street provided a much safer and healthier alternative than the life they were leading exposed to danger and the elements.

I decline to applaud the mayor's office for its role in the affair, however. My gratitude goes instead to the team of homeless advocates and housing experts who, once the wheels of the eviction were set in motion, moved quickly and worked around the clock to secure housing and transport for the campers.

Among these fantastic and dedicated advocates were Christina Flowers, Rachel Kutler, Tony Simmons, Matt Quinlan, Bonnie Lane and many others who stepped up to help make the transition go smoothly. Theirs was a job well done and I applaud them for their display of caring and concern as well as their endless drive and devotion.

Jaye Dansicker, Sparks

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