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Homelessness is, in fact, a Route 1 phenomenon [Letter]

Contrary to Susan Garber ("Homelessness is not a Route 1 phenomenon"),I found the Flier's Feb. 5 editorial position both well argued and substantiated by facts on the ground. My perspective as a volunteer at the Route 1 Center (full disclosure) and some personal experience driving clients to/from the location is that, contrary to Ms. Garber's assertions and notwithstanding any archived anecdotal accounts from the past, the major concentrations of homeless individuals in Howard County currently are precisely the tents, camps, motels, and other sites along or near to the Route 1 corridor stretching from Elkridge to Laurel.

Indeed, Ms Garber herself provides the reason: Route 1 is a very long highway stretching from the firigid north in Maine (where some of the homeless I have met were originally born) to the warmer Carolinas and Florida (where some go to rejoin families, spouses, etc.), making her opposition to the new facility's location all the more puzzling.

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I am not an expert on Howard County public transport, but I do know Route 1 Center clients use the bus running part way along Route 1, and I can recognize bus shelters and stops along Route 1. Nor am I a construction maven, but I suggest that putting apartments into a vacant county office building may not be as simple or cost-effective as Ms. Garber assumes. Did those opposing the new building's location explore this alternative and its economics at the January 2015 public hearing, or is this a new red herring?

Steve Sternheimer

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