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Patrick S. O'Donnell

I sure hope my city and county, Santa Barbara, are not representative, at least with regard to one rather grim and, one would think, inexcusable statistic: in the year to date, we've had 31 deaths among the homeless. Several shelters are only opened when the weather turns a bit nasty (real cold or rainy). We do, on the other hand, have some dedicated activists and public servants who work on their behalf, including the provision of a surrogate public voice.

And we have a very informative and helpful blog, Homeless in Santa Barbara: http://www.homelessinsb.org/index.cfm

Speaking specifically of the young homeless, gay and otherwise, please see two LA Times articles that exemplify worthwhile reading:



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