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Dignify the homeless

July 02, 2006

Re "Homeless in life, nameless in death," June 25

I thought a pauper's grave was a thing of the past until I read about the destinies of L.A.'s homeless people who die on our streets. What's most disturbing is that these people with names but no homes are buried anonymously, all in one plot. This should remind us that the quest to solve homelessness is a communitywide effort, not just the government's responsibility. Maybe if we start by honoring the homeless who have died on our streets with dignified memorial services, we might be more motivated to honor the living with dignified housing.

JOEL JOHN ROBERTS

Chief Executive

People Assisting the Homeless

Los Angeles

PATH is an L.A.-based homeless service and housing provider.

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