Plymouth Housing Group is holding a ground-breaking ceremony next Thursday in Belltown for A.L. Humphrey House, an apartment building for chronically homeless people who suffer from mental illness and other disabilities.
I’m curious of what your thoughts are concerning this development? It’s not the first, as you can see from taking a look at Plymouth’s existing list of developments. I personally believe that getting chronically homeless people off the streets and into a stable environment is a step in the right direction. This form of stability should serve to pacify some of the desperate behavior that can be a result of trying to survive in the harsness of the streets.
However, incidents like this one leave me deeply unsettled. It is not enough to simply “house” mentally insane people. I believe this is just a bandage on a festering wound. People with serious mental issues need serious mental care, attention, follow-up, and supervision. Methodically housing them in a high density area isn’t going to fix the problem and in turn endangers the community as a whole.