Saturday, June 17, 2006
Interesting Places to Research Homelessness
I wanted everyone to find out what "The Man" says about homelessness, hopefully these sites will help you understand the problem a little better.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
National Coalition for the Homeless
National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty
You know, I find it iteresting that there are so many national groups that focus on the sociological problems of poverty and homelessness. The common consensus is more affordable housing = a cure for homelessness. Housing can help, but it can only do so much. People need a way to get to that housing. So, reading all the literature, we need better interaction between people and government because government is equipped to be there, ready to spend money on getting people affordable housing.
There's also been a lot of chatter about justice. The recent acts of brutality against the homeless in BASIC's homestate of Florida underscore a growing sense of apathy amoung people in general. Everyone is tired of seeing the guy flying a sign at the nearest busy intersection.
What does this mean?
Homelessness is a spiritual problem, and it's a problem for everyone. From apathetic teenagers to alchoholic street bums, people aren't recognizing that they need a savior.
We are, after all, not home yet...