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Too bad the city is just breaking ground on a new homeless shelter and not opening it today – with temperatures climbing into the dangerous range for the first time this summer, it's a reminder of how important it is to make sure all of the city's residents have proper shelter. The construction of the shelter downtown is the most important and concrete step yet in Mayor Sheila Dixon's laudable effort to end homelessness in Baltimore. She has tackled an issue that is unlikely to win her votes and guaranteed to cause headaches in a way previous mayors have not. For example, not only has her administration has taken steps designed to clear out the eyesore homeless encampment at the foot of the Jones Falls Expressway, but she has coupled that with efforts to find permanent, appropriate shelter for the city's homeless. It's a refreshing change. There will certainly be plenty of obstacles – lack of funds, opposition among neighbors to any new shelters, resistance from the homeless themselves – and Ms. Dixon's goal may ultimately be unachievable. But the fact that she's trying says a lot.