Cities throughout California are seeing more tents on the sidewalk, sleeping bags in their parks, and bodies of sleeping people sprawled inside of business vestibules. They are clear signs that visible homelessness is increasing at an alarming rate.
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You are faceless. We walk by you very quickly, darting our glance away from you, intentionally not making eye contact. We don’t want to know what you look like. You might be sick, or dirty, or your appearance just might make us feel guilty.
Alex, who has been homeless for years, should not be worried about being set on fire while he sleeps on the streets. And, he should not be worried about his next meal or where he will sleep tonight.
Despite unprecedented national efforts, homelessness still feels like a turf battle. You could call it a war.
If that homeless agency partners with housing developers—or becomes a housing developer—in order to promote a true “Housing First” approach, then perhaps communities will embrace the idea that permanent supportive housing is good for their neighborhood.
A person’s homelessness will finally end when he or she belongs to a supportive community that embraces him or her as its own.
For most of her life, Susan’s parents raised her to be diligent in school and to work hard in order to save enough money to obtain the American Dream – home ownership. After decades of hard work, marriage, and children, she was able to purchase a beautiful home just blocks from the Pacific Ocean in Southern California.
But recently, her family’s life goal became a nightmare. With the downturn of the economy, more and more people who became homeless moved into Susan’s upscale neighborhood, living in old, beat-up vehicles right in front of her house.