THE PROBLEM

Personally, I have long had a problem understanding the policy making of several states and cities when it comes to determining what is safe and not safe, for people living on the streets. Once again, the one size fits all mentality of municipalities around the country has endangered its citizens to the point of people dying in the streets because state governments refuse to tackle the problems which make people homeless.

Bottom line…. Affordable HOUSING should be the number one priority. Low/no in-come housing is unavailable in much of this country.

Next is jobs that pay enough to afford the housing and utilities. States are sanctioning part time salaried jobs which keep people below the poverty threshold unless they are willing to work 3-4 different jobs to make ends meet to satisfy companies who are willing to employ a minimum amount of people for tax break incentives.


The established Federal Poverty Level is $11,770 @ 100% for one (1) person.


 Now, I could be wrong but for the most part society has been blaming the homeless crisis on the homeless saying that they are lazy, worthless, drug addicts, and alcoholics suggesting that they are the ones responsible for their situations of being homeless. Bottom line is without jobs that pay a decent wage, people will always be dependent on subsidies from somewhere. We don’t have the service related jobs of 40’s - 80’s any longer. Most of those jobs were replaced by technology and AI (Artificial Intelligence) which increases the profit margins of the employers. We are still far behind in wages that will sustain a person in the expenses of housing, utilities, healthcare, and food.

We live in a time where governments lean toward taxation, thus favors housing that will pay taxes on an ever-increasing basis, and as such is willing to sacrifice smaller single family dwellings which people can afford, for multifamily properties which are not for rent or lease but instead are for sale that only the upper middle class can afford to either buy or lease at exorbitantly high rates.


This is from a recent report in the National Alliance To End Homelessness ---Online News received yesterday...

“Housing affordability is a pressing issue for communities across the United States, with roughly 39 million U.S. households—including nearly half of all renters and 1 in 4 homeowners—struggling to afford their housing. Accessible, safe, and quality homes form the foundation of health and well-being for every household, yet the rising cost of housing is making it increasingly difficult for many U.S. residents to keep a stable roof over their heads while meeting basic needs such as water, groceries, health care, and transportation. While the national housing market has, by most accounts, rebounded, the gains made have disproportionately benefited higher-income households. For residents of modest and limited means, wages and housing subsidies have failed to keep pace with rising rental costs. These costs are consuming a larger share of these residents’ disposable income and savings, increasing household insecurity and deepening existing socio-economic inequality and segregation.

Despite its importance, the supply of affordable housing remains in dire straits: While the need for aid rises, existing rental stock is aging and federal housing assistance continues to stagnate. Today, only 1 in 5 eligible families in need of rental assistance actually receives it, due in large part to insufficient federal funding. Extremely low-income (ELI) households, who represent more than 25 percent of all U.S. renters, face a 7.4 million unit shortage in affordable housing, meaning that there are currently only 35 units available to rent for every 100 ELI households nationwide. Equally alarming, the overall number of housing units subsidized by federal home loan mortgage corporation Freddie Mac has decreased more than 60 percent since 2010, while private-sector investments remain inadequate. And without meaningful action at all levels of government, the ever-shrinking, already deficient national affordable housing stock risks losing many more units over the next 10 years due to maintenance neglect—thereby becoming uninhabitable—or from conversion into market-rate housing once their federally required affordability period expires.


4/27/18

One of the truest statements that is both biblical and a consistent reality is that the poor will always be around. The question is what are we going to do about it? This becomes a we statement in that we cannot keep ignoring the fact that we have a responsibility to our fellow citizens in making sure the tools are in place to correct the problems.

1. Housing There will never be an elimination of homelessness without housing being made available to the homeless

2. Jobs Unless jobs become available that pay enough to maintain housing and all the costs that go with it, no matter how many housing structures become available, they will remain empty.

3. Education At some point we are must teach people the basics of the jobs available. So that they can work productively and continuously.

Support We are going to have to provide support services.

We must understand that you cannot ignore a problem and get it resolved. Yes, there is always the hope that someone else will pick up the ball and run with it but the reality is it’s our turn to pick up the ball. We have literally allowed a bad situation to become worse through pretending that there is no problem. We have allowed mainstream political bias to take the lead in resolving the social problems of this country and look what has happened.

We can’t continue to blame drugs and alcohol for the problem of indifference among individuals who are continually harassed by situations that have changed the course of survival in a country that has ignored and continue to ignore the necessity of providing opportunity to improve one’s quality of life.

We can’t blame individuals for quitting or giving up when every step they attempt to take is micromanaged by some authority who dispenses opportunity based on how he or she feels any given morning when getting out of bed.

We can’t continue to ignore the fact that life, no matter from how we view it, is not so stagnant that it doesn’t change from moment to moment based on the many variables in life. There is no one standard that everyone can adapt to their life style, so why do we continue to try to force everyone to adapt their lifestyle to one basic formula which is grounded in the age old American dream . . . which people of other countries have also adopted?