There is an issue that is constantly occurring in our community, which are homeless people. Lately, there have been more of them crowding and hanging around the libraries, especially Costa Mesa. Costa Mesa is a county supported library with fewer resources compared to a city supported library such as Newport Beach. Costa Mesa Library is not pushing away the homeless as much as Newport Beach. Orange County currently has 30,000 homeless people today and that is not an accurate statistic. This trend has progressively gotten worse over the years and it is not getting any better. Not every homeless person you see on the street is a drug abuser or mentally ill. Some have been affected severely from our recession. The issue that is going on is the homeless is scaring many of the adults and parents of children away from the library. They have been coming more and more with other groups of bums to sit around outside or in the library. The reason this has gotten worse is because the city has enforced strict rules for homeless to stay out of the parks. The Orange County Register posted an article that says, the city grapples with its homeless people, city leaders are rolling out laws intended to make Costa Mesa less comfortable for them, especially people from outside the city limits. They are trying to satisfy residents who complain that the homeless overrun public spaces and make it uncomfortable to bring a family to parks or libraries. There is not much of a place for them to go now but to come during the day to the library. This is a problem because the library has been getting fewer children and adults than they have had from the past. The Crossing Church in Costa Mesa has a check in center for all of their belongings and a Laundry & shower facility to help out homeless people. This has started a few years ago, but this helps out with not bothering other citizens coming to use the library as much. It is making it less intimidating for people to...
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