The War On Homelessness

By | Nov 18, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt feels like war. Homelessness, that is.

And I don’t mean the 1960s “War on Poverty” initiative. Although, for many advocates today, it seems as though the government and private sector have joined together for the first time to truly combat homelessness throughout the country. That’s why homeless numbers are trending down – albeit slowly – nationwide.

Despite these unprecedented national efforts, homelessness still feels like a turf battle. You could call it a war.

The theater of engagement consists of this country’s parks, streets, public libraries, alleys, bridges, riverbanks, beaches, business corridors, and hills. These are just an example of the turf occupied by people on the streets, but claimed by people who are housed.

Take New York City, for example. Their parks have become a battleground between “The Unhoused” (people who are banned from other locations and who flock to parks for refuge) versus “The Housed”(people who want to take their children to that same park but are fearful of the homeless).

Military terms such as “invasion” are typically used in public meetings around homelessness. “These people have invaded our park!” “We need to take back our streets!” Such conversations frame people without homes as foreign invaders seeking to conquer our precious land. Read More »

Too Close To Home: Let’s Not Kid Around About Child Poverty

A third of our nation’s children reside in homes defined as poor, where the household income is below 60% of the national median income for 2008, or $31,000. In other countries, this annual income is a fortune, but in this country, a family that survives on $31,000 per year places their children on a pathway to adult poverty, if not homelessness.

An American Umbrella Revolution

By | Nov 3, 2014 | Comments Off

Wouldn’t it be amazing if America’s youth demanded a change of status quo for homeless Americans? Wouldn’t it be incredible if America’s youth revolted against a society that allows for such inequity?

By | Oct 27, 2014
Source: Spiegel Homelessness is all around us.
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I know, don’t stare.
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The image of homelessness in urban areas like Los Angeles’ Skid Row has distorted this country’s perspective on who is homeless.
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“Homelessness could happen to you.
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Our country has a complicated system to help those struggling with poverty.
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I wish this was a Lonely Planet travel guide about how to live on $15 per day in some exotic land overseas.
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You look into their eyes, and hatred, anger, and fear stare back at you.