A reader writes in:
"This morning when I was about to walk my dog, I found a homeless man sleeping on my front porch. The door slammed behind me as I exited the building. He then complained about the noise and me waking him up. I found that pretty bold, but I'm not totally heartless and I feel bad for people that have no home. At the same time, I don't think he should be setting up camp on my front porch so I reported it to an officer that was driving by. The officer said he got a call about it and asked specifically which building. I gave him my address and the police escorted him off the premises.
I'm just wondering if I did the right thing. It's the first time this has happened in the 2 1/2 years that I've lived in Uptown. Is there something more I could do in this situation? I'm not a homeless shelter, so I know I am not supposed to provide room and food to this person. At the same time, should I be pointing him in the direction of a shelter or other social services in our ward? Or is that up to the police? I'm just wondering if any readers on Uptown Update have any advice."