I agree. Like Matt said, many of us are just a few paychecks from being homeless. It hasn't gotten that bad in my hometown, but can't be far from it. There is little industry and few jobs available. I'm afraid it may become serious soon. We need to help our neighbors.
Yes, it's that way all over the country. My own town last week or so ran all the homeless out of their tent city that upset so many of the public that drove past it at 50 miles per hour, though I never heard of any of them donating a lot to help the homeless. A local church is getting a lot of flack from neighbors for allowing a tent city on their property.
They may be fresh out of a job and home, they may be and probably are drug addicts, they may be sex offenders, they may be mentally ill, they may be military who saw such horrors that their minds snapped, but in the long run they are just human beings. We do have two or more shelters, one does not allow dogs, which are their only friends and I think it's decent of them to choose their friend over relative comfort.
I don't have an answer, neither does anyone else.
I think the only answer is we band together as people and do something charity wise. Research how long it takes to get on a Section 8 waiting list.Quote:
Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
For that matter why does Section 8 even have waiting lists?
Just shakes head.
If it were not for section 8 we would be on the streets. It took us a year to get on the list and 6 months for a place to open up. I feel sorry for those who have to live in tents and a lot of them are good ppl with families who just need a job.
I hear u.... cjomomma!!... I didnt even TRY to get on the waiting list, I was told it was 2 yrs to get on the waiting list and min 2-3 yrs to get an opening!.. I ended up moving in with family until I could get some income and my own place. It's a tough world out there !
It is really getting scary for people. If you lose your job there just aren't any available. I try to do all I can.
In Bend, Oregon there is a group of homeless men who ask for cans. It started out with one man who for a while pedaled up and down the main thoroughfare. We gave him our bags of cans once or twice a month.
Now several men have run this guy off and took over his spot, trashed the vacant lot.
We now give all our cans to the local shelter.
Given the drastic climate changes here on any given day makes you wonder why anyone would come here to be homeless.
Every city has empty houses galore and empty office buildings. The bankers got us into this mess. why can't they turn these into apts. for the homeless families that are living out of cars with 2-3 kids. We can give billions to help the banks and insurance co's. Let them starve and lets take care of our own. We need to band together as we do when a quilter is in a desparate way.
If the banks would actually work with the people who are truly doing their best to make what mortgage payments they can, we wouldn't have this problem. Sadly, the banks do better by foreclosing on houses that are covered by mortgage insurance.Quote:
Originally Posted by hobo2000
I get so disgusted reading about the huge bonuses these guys are making while, at the same time, they are ruining so many lives. The disparity between those at the top and the average worker is just obscene these days.