Homelessness – the True Crisis in Our Communities – Ongoing series

The “border” crisis is a Trumplandian myth. Our real crisis in our country is homelessness.

If it is to be believed, in 2017 HUD stated there were 500,000 homeless people. Half a million. Last Thursday, I heard a worker from Alameda County state there were 300,000 people just in this County. No doubt she meant 30,000, but still. In this County. Alameda has twice as many people as San Francisco City & County and their homeless crisis is worse. Here’s a link https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/alamedacountycalifornia,sanfranciscocountycalifornia/PST045217

It is troubling and considering who the Head of HUD is, I doubt it is anywhere near correct or actual or TRUTHFUL.

Consider the town where you live. Do you see homeless individuals? I know you will see individuals who are “chasing the dragon” since we have an opioid epidemic in this country. Immigrants are not the crisis. Our “native” population of citizens are. And if not opioids, meth or other elicit drugs.

I will tell you about Sue, a 66 year old woman who is homeless. She has a housing voucher, a precious commodity in this County. I know another woman who has had a voucher for 2 years and is still homeless but not disabled like Sue is. Sue has rheumatoid arthritis and is scheduled to have spinal surgery in 2 months. Sue is wearing a neck brace as the arteritis has become so disabling she is risking becoming paralyzed without the neck support.

She is homeless and living in her car. Just like Will and I. And as a disabled woman on Social Security Disability she isn’t receiving help to get housing. She has a voucher! Like that is security at night when she’s sleeping in a car.

When she has surgery in the next few months, she will be in a convalescent home for up to six months, but where will she go after that? One night a week, a woman she met at Walmart let’s her sleep at her home and can bathe. One night a week. Imagine if this were you? How long would you do that?

This lovely lady, a former park ranger at Yosemite, is vivacious, intelligent and mentally sound. She was given a shelter bed at Sojourner House (I was called about that women’s shelter, no follow up after I gave permission for a background check) and she lasted 3 days before returning to sleeping in the car. Why? The chaos inside Sojourner House with the addicts and psychologically challenged who ran the place instead of staff. And that is a huge issue, the addicts, users and mentally ill are a huge issue for those who are “normal” but disabled.

Sue and I agree. There needs to be a separation of “services” within the homeless community. Neither of us are stating those people don’t need help, but those that are disabled and have difficulty managing their health should have priority over an addict who makes the choice every time they use. A clear decision. Sue and I don’t make a choice about “being sick” or disabled. That is what life has given us. What our Maker has chosen for us. Respect us as humans without choice. Loose dogs are treated better. They get taken to the pound. We just get harassed and told to move along.

I have the ability to write. I was once a public speaker, something I can’t do anymore due to the stroke damage. I am slow and my speech is laboured in the delivery. I have to think of the words to say as often I fail to remember or mispronounce or slaughter them. That is difficult for me as I was the queen of enunciation and articulation. And rapid fire comebacks. Oh, how I miss that! I could shut Will up with a brief and cutting remark. He is long winded, shall we say. He commands the audience – 1 person or a room full. I love him to death but my ears and mind get tired. So tired.

As I have written, homelessness is a crisis in this country. I would ask you to see this video from KOMO News, Seattle is Dying. A tragic but informative documentary on a beautiful City I have visited often, but not since 2012 and boy has it changed! Here is the link https://youtu.be/bpAi70WWBlw

Learn. Educate yourself. Be aware. It could be you or a loved one who faces this event.

And, of course, our GoFundMe for the beginning of change

http://www.gofundme.con/life4wng20

Author: Vykinghart

A divergent catalyst trying to make the world a better place while screaming from a tiny soapbox.

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