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First things first...
MY SUGGESTION for housing the homeless (Letters, February 19) didn’t go down well.
I suppose the former council offices in St Leonard’s Place are deemed too good for them; or perhaps our “Fairness Commission” has decided that the relatively rich deserve temporary accommodation more than do the absolutely poor.
I admire the Big Issue vendors. They brave all weathers, and are always courteous and cheerful, even when, in my haste, I can afford them no more than a nod.
For the past two years, I have been privileged to be an occasional customer of one such whose pitch is in Parliament Street.
Last week he told me he had found a home and possessed his own key at last. He seemed delighted. I was thankful for him, and grateful that my widower’s micro-mite had been of service.
The danger is that we might complacently believe that good intentions can solve what is a huge and dispiriting problem.
It can be tackled effectively only at council and government level. By all means let us provide hotels for the five-star rich; but first things first.
William Dixon Smith Welland Rise, Acomb, York.