Falling through the cracks

There is no secret to the homeless problem in Nashua. One only needs to take a walk along the Nashua River to find obvious signs of homeless encampments, including tents, sleeping bags, clothing, cooking equipment, etc.

There is also no secret to the multiple community service agencies throughout the city that offer help and support to the homeless. An incomplete list of these organizations features the Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter, Southern New Hampshire Rescue and Harbor Homes.

Nevertheless, try as they might, these agencies are bound to miss someone in need. An example of that seems to be Harold Sherman. A veteran who served in the U.S. Army from 1980-83, Sherman lived inside a tent in the woods at Mine Falls Park for several months.

“It’s horrible – at times it’s unbearable,” Sherman told our reporter of his living conditions earlier this week. “You get caught in the rain. I was caught in the rain for six straight days at a time. I couldn’t even leave the tent to go get food or nothing.”

We were glad to learn on Thursday that officials with Harbor Homes were able to help Sherman secure an apartment in Nashua. We wish him the best, and express our thanks to Harbor Homes for assisting him.

We are not entirely sure how Sherman ended up in his prior predicament. However, we are sure that no human being should be left in the frigid elements of a New Hampshire winter. We urge the charitable organizations to do all they can to provide refuge to those in need, particularly during times of significant cold.