A Proposal for Overnight Shelters for the Homeless
Many programs to address homelessness begin with the premise that it should be a permanent solution for
to sleep every night with little or no resources. Many become ill and end up in hospitals that treat and
release them back into the environment. Others are raped, beaten and what few belongings they had are stolen.
Sleep depravation is considered torture by many and yet we leave tens of thousands of people on the street
every night in situations that would be war crimes if the military were involved. They are not, we are
and the problem can't be addressed fast enough. Spend time on the streets and you will meet hundreds of
teens and young adults waiting to fill shelters used by people that are supposed to be living in their
SOFA (shelter overnight for anyone) does not address homelessness, it does not solve the issues that puts
people on the streets. It provides a dry, warm and safe environment for people to get a good night's sleep.
Whether as a single unit in a Church or business extended parking areas, or in large groups with