Viewpoints: What it would take to keep Terry (and hundreds more like him) off the street
Terry was a double amputee with bandaged limbs dropped off on the street following his discharge from the hospital.
Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts recently brought the heartbreaking situation to our attention, painting a sad picture of how the hunched over man in a wheelchair, with no blanket to protect him from the nighttime chill, sat through the night and into the next day, just outside the fence of the county homeless shelter.
Apparently a taxi had dropped him off there after his hospital stay.
The nature of my work causes me to encounter similar situations all too frequently.
As we consider the plight of Terry and others like him, I hope we capture some of our reactive frustration and convert it into longer-term interest in solving the very complex issue of homeless health care, hospitalization and discharge.