We're looking at the new homeless shelters in the wrong way. Instead of fighting to keep them out of our neighborhoods, we should embrace the opportunity to help those who have fallen on hard times.

And in order to offset the "loss in property values" and the possible "rise in crime" in the areas where the new homeless shelters are built, the neighborhoods that fought so hard to not have a homeless shelter in their neighborhoods should shoulder the cost of building, maintaining and policing the new homeless shelters.

Tracy Larson