One might conclude after reading The Post's editorial "The Homeless Are Being Helped" {Nov. 20} that Washington's homeless are well sheltered and that our homeless crisis is under control. This view, while giving recognition to many well-intentioned organizations, neglects to report many facts that lead to a different conclusion.

The Post neglects to report that even after the filing of a federal lawsuit, the District continues arbitrarily to deny shelter to families at the Pitts Hotel. Still more are evicted from the Pitts and other District facilities for families -- all in violation of District law.

The Post neglects to report that two of the city's largest shelters -- the CCNV men's and CCNV women's shelters -- are having to turn persons away for the first time ever because they are full. This will only worsen as the temperature drops.

The Post neglects to report that overcrowding in women's shelters throughout the city is so bad that a group of shelter providers and homeless persons recently threatened to occupy a public building if more shelter space was not opened immediately. In October 1986, the city promised providers a new transitional shelter for women. To this day that shelter is not open.

The Post neglects to report that the mental health system, by its own bold admission, is now routinely discharging patients onto street corners, that outreach to mentally ill persons living on the streets and in shelters has stopped and that programs that serve the mentally ill homeless are facing a funding crisis.

Indeed, those who are helping the homeless deserve a little recognition. We must not, however, deceive ourselves with the belief that the problem is being adequately addressed. It is not. Look around and you cannot help realizing that there are now more homeless among us than ever before. We all must be willing to do more and more to end this crisis. Some of us must continue to run shelters. Some -- namely, our cities and federal government -- must launch dramatic housing initiatives. And, yes, some must open their Metro stations. No one can claim our responsibility lies elsewhere. All of us have a responsibility to serve these persons.

BRIAN CAROME Assistant Director, The Father McKenna Center Washington