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Providing Shelter

April 12, 1998

Re "County Keeps Shelters Open Until April 30.

The article on the shutdown of the shelters for the homeless caught my attention. Most of the homeless out there are either drug and alcohol abusers or mentally ill. In either case, they do not have to be a burden on the community.

I have a small (16-bed) nonprofit center, [Mountain View Recovery Center]. I have no funding and am nearly self-supporting.

I rent a house, paying too much money, and men work and pay enough to keep us open. Our budget is less that $50,000 per year. On a minimum-wage job, men can easily pay for the program.

That is all I need to keep them warm, clean and well-fed. We also provide counseling and job-search consultation.

The city of Los Angeles can do better.

THE REV. MACK MCGREGOR

West Hills

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