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House Rates an '11'

August 16, 1992

This letter is in response to the article, "House a Haven for Afflicted Addicts" (June 21). The story perverted through negativity the whole concept of the program at Gerry House. It would have been more appropriate to have (headlined) this article "Afflicted in House of Doom."

The story categorized us as parasitic dregs with a wanton disregard for society. I'm truly sorry that the house and myself ever consented to the writing of this article.

The truth of the matter is (that) we are not all victims of the HIV scourge, nor victims of the street, or children of the penal system. As far as the program goes, on a scale of one to 10, it ranks an 11 and totally justifies the $300,000 annual budget.

MICHAEL STEVENS, Gerry House resident, Santa Ana

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