I received this email several weeks ago:
Subject: Re: We want to be found. We need a room. We have a dog and up to 600. A month. No one is listening. We are disable. Fighting a S.S.I. Case almost 3 years. Help the homeless.
We have been homeless 5 years. A fall from grace and now we cant find a room because we have a dog! We are good people. The homeless situation has become downright scary. We could tell you indepth show you our camp, our tent in the wash at easy and madera. We are about 20 in numbers now. How we have lived and how people just are not giving enough in simi. Food bank at Sonrise is so bad we dont even go anymore. Tired of rotten food and so little for the trip. What is going on in this town. We can afford 600. For us and our Rotti. You can find me at costco with a sign trying to get someone to listen.
I would love to get someone’s feedback on this. I was very moved by this email. However, though admittedly I have been very detached, I’ve always been under the impression that Simi Valley has resources that go beyond normal expectations for the homeless. Am I wrong?
I know Simi Valley has the Samaritan Center, the drop-in facility for the homeless where people can go to shower, get clean clothes and something to eat. I’m also familiar with the local food bank, which the writer makes an unpleasant reference to in her letter.
During the course of the next several months, I plan to educate myself more on the homeless situation in Simi Valley, and the response. I suspect that I will be pleasantly surprised. If anyone has any news, info or guidance to offer me that might assist me, please do let me know!