The young man was caught trespassing once again and off he went to what he liked to refer to as ‘three hots and a cot’ (otherwise known as jail).
When in his right mind, he was a pretty nice guy and wouldn’t hurt a flea, but once his disease kicked in, he could cause quite a bit of mischief.
While I don’t know it to be the Gospel truth, the theory on the street was that he received his medication at the beginning of the month, but later sold his prescription meds to be able to fuel his alcoholic tendencies.
I’m not sure where he is from. He has told me Brazil and I have also gotten Deming and Santa Clara out of him, but for the last few years and for the time being he is a resident of Silver City.
Homeless, with no place to lay his head except behind the women’s club wall and other hidden places, unable to make very many social contacts or even function normally, he is one of the many lost souls we see on a daily basis, spending his time between the Mission, the street and the jail.
We can keep him clothed, fed and provide a temporary home for him, mental health can keep him medicated and law enforcement can keep him from harming himself or others, but we need to be able to do more.
I’m not sure where the solution lies, but what I do know is that we are seeing more of the mentally ill on the streets all of the time.
Many of these people need long-term help with their mental illness and addictions that just isn’t available locally.
Not only do we need to be able to provide emergency shelter to protect the homeless from the elements, we also need more transitional housing with staff to help those who are capable and motivated to get back on their feet and a long-term care facility for the mentally ill and seriously addicted.
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