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Readers React: Why homelessness makes it so easy to feed an addiction

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Homeless people rest on a sidewalk in the skid row area of downtown Los Angeles in 2013.
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To the editor: There was a good line in Steve Lopez’s column about addiction and homelessness: “The absence of well-paying jobs and affordable rent can sabotage self-control and crush hope.”

A $20 bill will not buy housing. When someone is down and out, cigarettes, beer and maybe food for a pet may seem like the only things they want that they can also buy.

Obtaining alcohol is easy; digging out of the deep hole of addiction and homelessness is really hard.

Ken Hense, Los Angeles

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To the editor: Lopez mentions a recovering addict who will be “graduating to a sober living home in a few days, but noted that a lot of neighbors don’t want such places near their homes.”

I have to agree — it would be absolutely terrible to have sober people living near me.

If we allowed that, who would move in next? Thoughtful people? Generous people? Selfless people? The horror!

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Geoff Kuenning, Claremont

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