As a homeowner on Lupine Lane in Camden, one of our community’s affordable/workforce housing projects, it feels important to speak out in support of the Knox County Homeless Coalition’s current vision off Route 1 in Rockport.

I was stunned and offended by the quote in the article that states, “One does not need to be an expert in homelessness to know that it is a problem frequently associated with drug and alcohol dependence, crime and in some cases violence, among other problems.”

How about a reframe?
One does not need to be an expert in humanity to know that being human is frequently associated with drug and alcohol dependence, crime and in some cases violence, among other problems.

Whom among us has not either ourselves, or within our family, church, office, team, or circle of friends, experienced some or all of the said problems?

If you have yet to experience the privilege of being educated by the staff, community, and board of KCHC, I highly recommend it. We have a lot to learn from their stellar track record of providing much needed support to our community members in housing transitions, as well as their support and skills training for our workforce. Without such training and education, those of us who can afford to go out to eat, get our homes cleaned and our lawns mowed, may be learning some new skills ourselves.

I invite you to join me in supporting the KCHC team in their innovative, generous, compassionate vision and mission to treat all people in all phases of their being human, with dignity.

Kate McMorrow
Camden