Patty Mooney informed me that every night in front of San Diego’s downtown main library, a tent city pops up – right in front of the doors, and also across the street, in front of the Post Office.
Here is what Mooney wrote in her own blog, A Diary Left Open, about her observations about San Diego’s tent city and our homeless:
It is now legal for homeless to camp out next to public buildings in San Diego from late afternoon to the early morning. That must take a lot of pressure off people who have nowhere to go, and it also adds an element of community. We humans are stronger together than apart.
One of the homeless men did not want me to take his photograph and seemed upset so I went over to talk to him and explained that I am a documentarian who has been photographing the homeless for many years because I want to make everyone aware of the situation. He said, “I don’t believe you.” I asked him, “Do people walk by without even looking at you?” He said, “Yes.” I said, “I don’t think that’s right.” I looked deep into his eyes. He said, “Don’t make me cry,” and he was welling up with tears, so I told him that it was a pleasure for me to meet him and I touched him lightly on the shoulder as he walked away.
Every human being needs and deserves to be loved. Of course it starts with loving yourself. But what about people who never learned how to do it? Maybe their parents didn’t give it to them, or gave them something other than love. Many of them are children in adult bodies. Also, with all the recent foreclosures on homes, entire families are living in their cars, homeless. Why not help them?
Just before leaving the area, I met “Hallmark” who had arrived to serve hot beverages and soup to the homeless people. Once again, my premise was proven correct: people are intrinsically loving. It is the right thing to do, to care for one another. After all, a community is only truly healthy when ALL of its members are happy.