The Rev. Eric Duff wrote a My Word guest opinion in the Times-Standard concerning the City of Fortuna's allotment of lands for the use of a building transisitional housing or "homeless shelters" within the city.
Rev. Eric T. Duff's MY WORD
While the Editors agree with many points in his column, there is a danger in Rev. Duff's judging an entire community when he does not live there. While it is correct you cannot lump what we call "criminals" into the element of our society we call "homeless", be aware there absolutely are crimes being committed by people who live in the brush and under the bridge. Just ask the neighboring businesses and residents. Will transisitional housing cure this problem? Doubtful. The residents of Fortuna do not tolerate crimes. Does that make us Not-So-Friendly? Possibly.
Like so many cities across the State of California and the nation, Fortuna is really trying to deal with the problems of poverty, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse and criminality in it's midst. There is an emergency shelter for severe weather at the Fortuna Adventist Community Services building. And, if someone has the means and the desire, they can build a facility to offer services for those transient, houseless residents of our town. The 2 acres alloted by the city is a start. Lack of housing and transitional services are not really the issue concerning poverty and crime. Are they? It's a much bigger national issue. Isolating Fortuna is ridiculous.