Today, I wonder why America—a society that is so sophisticated, wealthy, and compassionate—doesn’t pick up its lost humanity on the streets and connect them with housing and with the community of humanity.
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Imagine if you were left-handed and homeless. When you tell the social worker you are a southpaw, she explains that bathrooms in the shelter are only for right-handed people. The response of these homeless shelters that bar transgender people is just as absurd as if they were banning people who were left-handed.
A Key? Not Always the Key to Housing
What would be the perfect Thanksgiving meal for a person who is living on our streets?
How do we transform a cold gaze into eyes that reflect hope?
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.
I do believe that homeless programs have a significant role to play in ending this country’s homelessness. As traditional homeless agencies shift their focus to Housing First strategies, they move away from becoming a forgotten Sony Walkman tape player and closer to being a modern Apple iPhone.
We need more creative ideas for how to provide housing for our neighbors who sleep on our streets.
How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?
A person’s homelessness will finally end when he or she belongs to a supportive community that embraces him or her as its own.