I received a comment that Koch Industries funding for the homeless would be wasted because “those kind of people” are not good press and instead of supporting the effort to end the causes or symptoms of homelessness – funders will be “bemoaned”.
What kind of people are the homeless really and how do you see them?
Are they dirty, smelly, foul, and useless dregs that soak up your tax dollars without paying taxes back into the system? Are they old, unhealthy and addicted… ALL OF THEM?!?
- Have they lost their rentals when the property owner was foreclosed upon.
- Did they lose their jobs when unemployment jumped up?
- Did their job go over-seas ? Did the decline of major industries like timber, mining and farming, leading to massive layoffs swallow their employment and that of their support group?
- Are they running from an abusive spouse or parent?
- Are they out in the cold because their parents could not feed them?
- Does a mental health disorder or physical ailment make working and paying rent difficult?
- Are they recovering from a Natural Disaster and waiting , possibly, for the insurance check to finally come in?
Are we talking about THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE ?
” the scariest part of becoming homeless is how easily it can happen to anyone, through no fault of their own.”-ehow.com
“The unfortunate fact is that 6.3 million of the nation’s poor work full-time. The percentage of poor people working full-time in the U.S. has grown by 33% since 1979. Today, 18% of the people who work full-time are below the poverty line (in 2000, ‘poverty’ meant making $17, 050 for a family of four).”-Goodworks.inc
The HIDDEN HOMELESS – are not the ones who are INVISABLE< they are the people you can’t tell are homeless and they sleep in extra rooms, couches and cars of family and friends.
The correlation between homelessness and increased housing prices–( home values or monthly rents) impacts the rates of homelessness. Trust me, when the housing market in California crashed, my caseload was swollen three times it’s previous size. Beginning in the 1970s, the gentrification of many urban areas left lower-income residents with fewer options after developers received tax breaks to convert older apartment buildings “labeled as tenements” into higher-priced luxury condominiums. Doesn’t this sound a little like the lofts in Downtown Los Angeles? In many cases, the clearing of notorious public housing complexes, such as the Robert Taylor Homes without an immediately affordable alternative for residents to live in created homeless families.. Incomes have failed to keep pace with these trends, effectively putting even moderately priced areas beyond reach for someone earning $10 or less per hour.
– those kind of people –
could be anyone. so.. really… funding the Tea Party and vague political movements is a BETTER and MORE SOCIALLY APPROVABLE way to be active in the community?!? Better than helping ALMOST EVERY middle class, lower middle class and poor American? And wow, I did not know that businesses only did what was good for their reputations and not what was just.plain.good.