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Moms, Dads With Kids: Homeless But Nowhere To Turn

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Moms, Dads With Kids: Homeless But Nowhere To Turn

The number of cities—not backwater towns—that I’ve visited recently that have NO FAMILY EMERGENCY SHELTER (a walk-in overnight haven that immediately accepts most all homeless families) is more than astounding, it’s utterly and inexcusably dismaying.

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Last week, on our Babes of Wrath tour, it was Ft. Smith, AR. This week Flagstaff, AZ. Yup, you got it, ditto, ditto. So what’s the deal?

Simple. Families don’t count. And I’m not pointing a finger at the local folks because they are forced to bend to the dictates of the U. S. Department of Housing and Human Development, HUD, where money trickles to some communities (many smaller towns don’t get any) to address homelessness. HUD determines priorities. Recipients must comply.

What happens to cause a typical family to become homeless? ( My 1-page list of causes of homelessness.)Trauma commonly accompanies the family on the road to homelessness. Multiple crises and Murphy’s Law travel along. Take “Brenda” and her 3 little ones, 1, 2 and 4-years-old.


FULL ARTICLE HERE



BELOW IS A RELATED ARTICLE THAT IS ANOTHER MUST-READ (I'll add others here that are recommended)

http://www.thenation.com/article/172397/old-female-and-homeless#


EDIT to add link to another OP which discussed a possible approach to the housing problem

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OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 OP
kdmorris Feb 2013 #1
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #3
Sunlei Feb 2013 #15
Javaman Feb 2013 #2
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #4
coalition_unwilling Feb 2013 #5
coalition_unwilling Feb 2013 #6
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #8
xchrom Feb 2013 #7
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #9
HappyMe Feb 2013 #10
humblebum Feb 2013 #11
alp227 Feb 2013 #12
liberal_at_heart Feb 2013 #16
Sunlei Feb 2013 #13
L0oniX Feb 2013 #14
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #17
JDPriestly Feb 2013 #18
OneGrassRoot Feb 2013 #19

Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:22 AM

1. Been there, done that

Being homeless with children is a special hell. As if it's not bad enough that you have no safe place to lay your head, the feeling that you have failed your children and they deserve better permeates your entire life.

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Response to kdmorris (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:25 AM

3. ...

No adequate words.





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Response to kdmorris (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:21 AM

15. a special hell with children, homeless Americans deserve better from all our state and federal gov.

It's so unfair to the adults and the children. On top of that stress, it seems like many state govs look for ways to take the children, place them in fostercare.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:23 AM

2. Either the link is bad or the article has been pulled. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:25 AM

4. They both just worked for me.

I'll check periodically to see if something weird has happened with the links.



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Response to Javaman (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:25 AM

5. Working just fine for me. Maybe try it again? - n/t

 

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:26 AM

6. Needs to be read in tandem with this tear-jerker of a story - had my wife

 

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:29 AM

8. Yes, I was going to gather several such articles...

I saw that yesterday as well. And wept.



I'll add to the OP, along with any others you all suggest.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:28 AM

7. du rec. nt

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:37 AM

9. k&r

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:58 AM

10. k&r

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 10:36 AM

11. The very fact that this country has such a major problem with involuntary homelessness

 

is a national disgrace.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:07 AM

12. So where is the outrage from "PRO LIFE" protestors?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #12)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:22 AM

16. good question

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:12 AM

13. we should be using all the military facilities shut down as housing for homeless Americans.

People who become homeless need a nationally known place to go right away. Letting humans decline on the streets is the worse treatment for anyone, even an animal.

We have to get a handle on this homeless issue as more people can't afford their homes anymore.
Even if they own their homes the yearly property taxes, neighborhood association fees will chip away at any savings. Once people don't pay those yearly fees their home goes sold at the county tax sales.

I know that property taxes are less for persons over 65 but not for homeowners with no income below those age levels.

If churches, political charities pay no property taxes, pay no neighborhood association fees, no sales tax..there should be a way to give a break to persons with no income or not enough income. perhaps states should remove property tax and neighborhood associations shouldn't be allowed to charge fees or fine people and take their homes away.

I think it's a very good thing that thousands of tiny groups feed/shelter as many homeless as they can.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:21 AM

14. God Bless America. This is only the beginning. Cut SS some more and see what happens.

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:32 AM

17. OP re: community investment approach to this problem:

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:20 PM

18. “You have no control of your life at the shelter,”

People often wonder why some homeless people choose to stay on the street even when institutional shelter is available.

But watch an infant. Not yet one year old and struggling to stand and walk -- to be autonomous. To be able to reach mother or a toy or the door to the outside without help.

Being autonomous, independent, self-sufficient is one of the strongest human drives. It is the basis of our dignity and self-respect.

I worked with a homeless project for years. The problem with shelters is that they necessarily impose rules that encroach on the autonomy and independence of those who live in them. I say necessarily because the rules are required to prevent violence, filth, contests of wills, conflicts among values and lifestyles.

The answer is individual, fully independent housing for the indigent.

This is especially true now because unemployment is very high.

I have a friend who was homeless for years. Everyone thought she was mentally ill. Her name finally came up for subsidized housing. Hallelujah! Her life has completely changed. She has completely changed. Those who knew her before she found housing still treat her as though she was "odd," but I know her well, and she is more sane than many of those who still keep their distance. She is quite intelligent, a bit lonely, but other than that takes care of herself well. She has found a way to dress downright elegantly and eat well on very little money -- and that is something that many of my proud friends who have never dealt with her challenges cannot do (myself included as far as dressing elegantly).

Housing -- that is the issue here. Housing that provides autonomy and permits a person to live in dignity and self-respect.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #18)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:31 PM

19. What are your thoughts about this, JDPriestly?

Given the empty commercial and residential buildings all across the country, I wonder if this may be one approach to the housing nightmare, done in conjunction with pushing for legislative changes?
A community trust approach.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022294954

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