I was both pleased and dismayed by the article, "Homeless Languish in Liberal Laguna Beach," by Robert Schwartz (Jan. 30).
The article was enlightening because it was about homeless people, who have been a long-neglected segment of our society. I was distressed because the article did not deal with the complexities of people being without a place of residence.
The Episcopal Service Alliance has had to deal with misunderstandings about the homeless. For many reasons we had to close Martha House in Santa Ana in 1984. That program to shelter homeless women started in 1983. Martha House reopened May 1, 1985.
The alliance has found that people who are homeless do not all have the same personality. Some have been homeless for many years. Some, indeed, are mentally ill and need help. But there are also newly homeless families and individuals. The needs of all these people have to be addressed.