This is not simply a housing issue. Before we can solve the homelessness crisis in California, we must first recognize that the definition of the word “homeless” also encompasses a number of categories including the mentally ill, the drug addicted, and the criminally vagrant. If we are to be serious about this issue, we must come up with solutions that are specific to each category. The homeless crisis has had a significant impact on our local environment and our communities. We are a compassionate people, but compassion must be balanced with common sense. This is about protecting our communities and helping the less fortunate get the assistance they require.