Attorney Steve Binder recalls being in kindergarten in Flint, Michigan, and he and other children were sometimes asked what they would like to be when they grew up. “We all replied doctor or lawyer or teacher. None of us responded ‘I want to be homeless and be a substance abuser.'”
And yet homeless populations are in every major city — and many are veterans. In San Diego alone, the latest count for homelessness is over 9,000, 30 percent of whom are veterans.
Binder, a retiring deputy public defender, has just been named a Community Hero for his creation of a Homeless Court Program in 1989. The honor is given by KPBS and the National Conflict Resolution Center. [Read more…]