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To the editor,

Recently I was talking to a friend of mine who works at one of Halifax's halfway houses. These shelters give our city's down-and- out a chance to get back on their feet. I was appalled, however, when he told me that although paint donation is needed for several of the city's halfway and transition houses, he could not get any company to donate this paint.

I know that the work these places do is outstanding! There is a need for more funding and more support from our community. Halifax's homeless rate among teenagers and young adults is through the roof, and without these houses some of them would never get a second chance. Being on the street makes you a minority and an easy target for police and other majority groups.

The homes receive support from the food bank and the Salvation Army, as well as some minimal government funding, but from the community in general we are seeing little or no response. Are we that narrow-sighted here that we are not willing to support these places to help young people make a life for themselves when they have nowhere else to turn? How could we be so greedy in our own wealth to not help the needy right in our own community? These people do exist, and they need our help, here and now.

By Naomi

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