Once upon a time, there was a large, bustling city called HomeTown that was hit by a devastating earthquake.
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Is our struggling economy the culprit? There just isn’t enough money to spend on helping people who live on our streets. We can barely fund our police officers and firefighters. Teachers are being laid off and city workers are being furloughed. Maybe it’s easier to blame others than to figure out how to fund more housing….
It sounds like the plot of a Michael Crichton novel. A deadly strain of tuberculosis infects thousands of people in a large metropolis, the vast majority of whom are homeless individuals living on the streets.
I wish this scenario was a work of fiction. Unfortunately, it’s not.
I wonder if this country could ever imagine, I mean clearly picture, a nation without homelessness. Maybe if we closed our eyes, and saw empty streets and empty shelters, it could actually become a reality.
With homelessness still rampant throughout our country, a top ten list about how this country is working its way toward ending homelessness certainly affects most Americans. Here are the Top Ten Steps this country made toward ending homelessness in 2012.
Out of 365 days a year spent sleeping on the streets, Thanksgiving must be one of the best—a full stomach, real conversation with other people, and celebrities and politicians providing the royal treatment. But after the trays of turkey and bowls of mashed potatoes are empty, after all the volunteers return to their families to celebrate a “real” Thanksgiving meal, the magic of Thanksgiving comes to an end. Tomorrow has come.
Sometimes creating solutions to difficult problems just requires a bit of common sense. If you need to reduce credit card debt, design a personal budget where you spend less than you earn. If you want to lose weight, create a diet where you burn more calories than you consume. On a national level, the same [...]
Justin TimberlakeWhen extremely wealthy celebrities encounter impoverished people experiencing homelessness, sometimes the collision sparks a social media frenzy with worldwide consequences. This is the Hollywood celebrity-version (think TMZ.com) of a diplomatic skirmish.
Take Justin Timberlake’s wedding with Jessica Biel, for example. The nuptials of these A-list celebrities should have resulted in tweets, blog articles, and tabloid rag photos filled with what dress was Jessica wearing and who was lucky to be part of the select group of guests.
I need you. Sometimes my stomach growls with hunger because I need food. It’s ironic that this country struggles with weight when so many other people go hungry. I need you. I need a roof and walls to shelter me. A place where I can hang my hat (if I had one), kick off my [...]
When you think about it, the organizations working to help those people who are forced to beg on our streets really aren’t that different.
We, the benevolent caretakers of people hurting on the streets, do our own form of panhandling. We send out letters asking for money. We tweet and post our stories on Facebook, hoping they will inspire people to give a few dollars. We talk about the people we serve with generous philanthropists, with the goal of receiving a big check.