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Primary Causes

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, August 24, 2007, at 10:07AM

In talking about the Times review of the new Skid Row film, Don Garza makes what I think is a statement worth repeating:

When people become homeless there are things out on those streets that can lead to a lifelong struggle of homelessness, once someone becomes associated with them. These are drugs and disease. That is one reason I fought vehemently for the automated public toilets. Drug addiction and disease can can lead people to become life long tenants of skid row streets even if they didn't have these issues before they arrived.

So to summarize my thoughts on [filmmaker Pras'] statements. Homelessness is one of the primary causes of homelessness.

That's a very succinct and powerful statement. It doesn't matter what it is that gets you down, once you're out on the streets it's very hard to get back up.

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