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Moses Lake's Mick Hansen steps outside of his comfortable lifestyle to help the less fortunate after lack of funding resulted in the shuttering of local warming center in 2019. 

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Desert Dweller

Whatever you condone you will get more of. People take the path of least resistance and most don't actually want help they want to do what they want.

My2cents4ya

First off why does everything have to turn in to an argument when someone tries to help? I understand that people have opinions especially if situations evolve from someone else’s help. But instead why not go and talk to the man face to face or contact the city or police to see what we all as a community can help the situation to better it all. For all anyone knows it could be just a coincidence that all that crime and garbage started happening around the same time the homeless moved to that area but instead it’s a round of criminals moved into your neighborhood or something. We are not put on this earth to judge we are supposed to keep this planet going by balancing out the good and bad. So let’s start doing just that. Keep good spirits but expect some interruption in our good.

Justscratchinmyhead

I understand what Mick is trying to do and it's admirable, but...Since he opened his property up to all these people the crime rate on Marina Drive has gone up dramaticly. Fences are along the bike path are cut regularly, malicious mischief incidents are way up as well as burglaries and break ins. Not to mention needles and garbage scattered all ove the city walking path by the lake. People used to use the path and park benches all the time. Now nobody ever uses them. I have to wonder how Mick would feel if all the homeless were in his backyard instead of his vacant property. I'm not saying all the homeless are addicts and thieves, but where they congregate drugs and crime always seem to follow. I think there has to be a better solution because out of sight, out of mind simply doesn't work.

6Recovering6addict6

What better solution do you have in mind? Force them out of town? Throw them in jail and cost the tax payers hundreds of dollars a day to keep them there, and thousands of dollars for the court process that will justify them being kept there? Maybe just forget about them? Or how about buying them houses? What this man is doing is keeping people alive. This is a unbelievably great thing he's doing. Instead of bitching about this, how about you go down and introduce yourself and get to know these people. I promise after a few convorsations you'll realize they are just mentally I'll people trying to cope with the fact that nobody in the world gives a shit about them (yes there are a few bad apples that do the things you complain about) drugs help them to cope with the fact that nobody gives a shit wether they live or die, or if they spend all day crying because they have no one to talk to about how alone they feel inside. Alone with no one is the worst feeling in the world. The emptiness pain that has my eyes watering just remembering those times. Drugs make all that go away. Drugs make being homeless 100× more bearable especially during winter. Oh my god do drugs help keep you alive and moving so you don't freeze at night. Drugs give them a purpose in life (or something to do all day and achieve at). Small acts of kindness like what this man is doing is where change starts. I've personally been homeless and slept in that mill on two seperate occassions about 3 and 4 years ago. Slept in it when it was nothing but piles of birdshit all over the floor and I got an infection on my arm so bad I still have scars from it. After a small act of kindness and a spot where I could keep my stuff and try to better myself I'm now succeeding in life. I've just started my second term of collage with a 3.72 grade average. College level classes not remedial. I'm part of a collaborative writing group outside of school. I'm well respected in the community and have friends that have professional careers as well as friends that are blue collar like me. Because of something like this man is doing. This man is , for lack of a better word, a blessing. These people need kindness. That's really all they need to start making changes. I know I've spent 5 of the last 7 years homeless. Love and understanding is what these people need. I live in Portland now and every block and every empty lot has homeless camps. The problem is only going to get worse and worse. Trying to solve homelessness is trying to solve a symptom. The cause of the problem is late stage capitalism. The do or die, dog eat dog, horrible system we live in. Don't ruin a good thing by complaining please. People are going to die without something like what this man is doing.

6Recovering6addict6

What better solution do you have in mind? Force them out of town? Throw them in jail and cost the tax payers hundreds of dollars a day to keep them there, and thousands of dollars for the court process that will justify them being kept there? Maybe just forget about them? Or how about buying them houses? What this man is doing is keeping people alive. This is a unbelievably great thing he's doing. Instead of complaining about this, how about you go down and introduce yourself and get to know these people. I promise after a few convorsations you'll realize they are just mentally I'll people trying to cope with the fact that nobody in the world cares if they live or die (yes there are a few bad apples that do the things you complain about) drugs help them to cope with the fact that nobody cares wether they live or die, or if they spend all day crying because they have no one to talk to about how alone they feel inside. Alone with no one is the worst feeling in the world. The emptiness pain that has my eyes watering just remembering those times. Drugs make all that go away. Drugs make being homeless 100× more bearable especially during winter. Oh my god do drugs help keep you alive and moving so you don't freeze at night. Drugs give them a purpose in life (or something to do all day and achieve at). Small acts of kindness like what this man is doing is where change starts. I've personally been homeless and slept in that mill on two seperate occassions about 3 and 4 years ago. Slept in it when it was nothing but piles of bird droppings all over the floor and I got an infection on my arm so bad I still have scars from it. After a small act of kindness and a spot where I could keep my stuff and try to better myself I'm now succeeding in life. I've just started my second term of collage with a 3.72 grade average. College level classes not remedial. I'm part of a collaborative writing group outside of school. I'm well respected in the community and have friends that have professional careers as well as friends that are blue collar like me. Because of something like this man is doing. This man is , for lack of a better word, a blessing. These people need kindness. That's really all they need to start making changes. I know I've spent 5 of the last 7 years homeless. Love and understanding is what these people need. I live in Portland now and every block and every empty lot has homeless camps. The problem is only going to get worse and worse. Trying to solve homelessness is trying to solve a symptom. The cause of the problem is late stage capitalism. The do or die, dog eat dog, horrible system we live in. Don't ruin a good thing by complaining please. People are going to die without something like what this man is doing.

West coast

That is super! There's still Hope! Thank you for helping these human beings someone else's family. Need more advertising on where we can help with funding. Thanks again for giving Hope!

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