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LETTERS TO THE TIMES

Cuts Boost Homelessness

August 12, 2004

Re "Budget Cuts Hit County's Mentally Ill," Aug. 10: The sad consequence is that people will not only be "caught in the cracks," they will fall through the cracks. They will end up roaming our streets, knocking on the doors of homeless services for help because Los Angeles County needs to trim its budget.

A penny-wise, pound-foolish move. When our county is already overwhelmed with homelessness -- and has become the homeless capital in America -- we can't afford to contribute to this human dilemma simply to save a few bucks.

Joel John Roberts

Executive Director, People Assisting the Homeless

Los Angeles

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