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Money, Money, Money…

Today’s post is part of the annual A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Each day of April (except Sunday,) we write a post corresponding with that day’s letter of the alphabet. For more information on the challenge and its creator visit:

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com

a-z 2015 M

 

Today we are 1/2 way through the alphabet!

 

My theme for this years’ A-Z Challenge is An Intimate Look at the Homeless and Mental Health Epidemic in America which just happens to be the subtitle of my next book, The Stranger in My Recliner. The book is the true story of Sophie.  She was the eighty-year-old homeless woman that my husband brought home one night. She lived with us for nearly three –years. The book will be out this fall.

 

Money, Money, Money

How much does homelessness cost taxpayers and how much will it cost to eradicate the homeless problem?

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If you have been following my A-Z Challenge posts you know that I get so frustrated when people choose to complicate the answer to the problem of homelessness.

Homeless people need homes, period. Once they have a home they are not homeless and the problem is solved, period.

A lot of government officials, churches and charity’s still believe that raising and spending millions of tax payer and private dollars on shelters, referral agencies and programs makes perfect sense. It makes no sense at all. I think the truth is those people believe it is easier to control homeless people when they are all living under one roof. It reminds me of the way minorities were housed not that many shameful years ago. Let’s keep them all in one area so we can keep an eye on them.

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The fact is a homeless person living on the street can cost up to $80,000 a year. The costs comes from emergency room visits, hospital stays, jail stays, first responders, addiction treatment, mental health treatment and state or county assistance.

To house a homeless person in a shelter for a year the cost averages around $42,000 a year. Because they have a roof over their head and are eating more regularly they do not get as sick. Shelters are expensive to run so a lot of the cost is administrative but don’t get me started on that foolishness.

To place a homeless person in an apartment would cost $9,600 a year. To provide them with a social worker is $2000 a year (social worker makes $40,000 a year and has 20 clients.) Add $1000 a month for expenses and we are up to $23,600 a year.

Kudos to, Beyonce for realizing that homes are the answer and donating 7 million dollars over many years in the Houston area as part of that city’s 100,000 homes campaign. Her and her husband Jay Z are brilliant business people. They were not going to throw their money at the problem and hope it helped. They solved the problem.

Beyonce’s-Temenos Place Apartments has space available for 43 individuals, and houses men and women who otherwise would likely be homeless. The facility supports its residents by providing meals, job readiness training, HIV/AIDS screenings and case management services, with an overall goal for residents to reach full self-sufficiency.

Beyonces homeless apartments

Houston has seen significant progress in its fight against homelessness. A 2014 Houston Homeless Count showed that on a given night about 5,351 people in the city were living without stable shelter — a 37 percent drop from 2011.

There are so many misconceptions about the homeless. The most ridiculous to me are they choose to live on the streets and they deserve to be there.  Being homeless is terrifying and dehumanizing. The one thing a homeless person might have left is pride and that pride makes it difficult for them to ask for help.

To learn more about Beyonce’s, project or to donate: http://www.temenoscdc.org

Thank you for reading,

Doreen

I’m one of Lisa’s Live Wires! Lisa is a challenge co-host Lisa Buie-Collard

My fellow live wires:

Rhonda Albom –   Bob R. Milne –   Tamera Narayan –  Stephanie Faris –   Heather McCubbin –   Randi Lee

 

 

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City Tavern, Can you believe this caused Mental Health Problems and Riding for History…

I am so happy Friday Fragments is not part of our national park system and I am so glad our Ride for History was last weekend and not this weekend.

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Casting Call, Champions of Tomorrow Series continues and Feldman is on the move…

Celebrity Boxing founder, Damon Feldman seems to have struck gold again with his latest venture, Champions of Tomorrow.

The events feature just what the name implies, the next generation of boxing greats. Damon has the knack or should I say the talent, he no doubt inherited from his well -respected father, Marty Feldman, the most qualified boxing trainer on the east coast, to put together cards with the hungriest of young boxing talent.

The first two Champions of Tomorrow events took place in a small, intimate club setting and were huge successes. With firm roots starting to take hold, it is time for this venture to move into a larger venue, perhaps a casino setting and time for Damon who is not happy unless he is juggling several big projects to help a friend in a major way.

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Champions of Tomorrow

Those of you that follow this blog know what a fan I am of boxing, and what a fierce advocate I am of dreamers. My friend Damon Feldman fits both.  The 9-0 professional boxer and owner of Celebrity Boxing  and Champions of Tomorrow has a huge heart and dreams God-sized dreams.

When a neck injury ended his 9-0 professional boxing career, Damon Feldman created Celebrity Boxing. What else was the sidelined champion, son of Hall of Fame boxer/trainer Marty Feldman supposed to do?

Celebrity Boxing has been around for more than a decade and has had its share of bouts with 15 minutes of fame. There was Todd Bridges vs. Vanilla Ice, Paula Jones vs. Tanya Harding, Octo-Mom vs. Michelle (Bombshell) McGee and Danny Bonaduce vs. Barry Williams. Then Damon sued Octo-Mom for stealing a ring from him and won. He also sued Michael Lohan for not showing up to a fight and won.

It was never easy but Celebrity Boxing made Damon a celebrity and earned him a cool million.

Damon Feldman                                                 Damon Feldman

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More Twitter Trash Talking brings about the return of Celebrity Boxing…

The other day instead of writing, I was trolling twitter. I follow Tori Spelling McDermott and saw she tweeted a comment about a tattoo her husband Dean got in a sensitive area to surprise her. Innocently (really) I clicked over to his feed to see if there was a photo. What I saw was a lot of twitter trash talk.

I know I don’t know these people in ‘real’ life but I did watch every episode of their reality show and I adore this couple and their children. I like them.

Tori's Family

 

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Twitter trash talking, Book Writing, Graduation , the Jersey Shore and more Fragments…

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Rainy days and Phillies…

Friday Fragments are bits and pieces of your week that are usually brief; too short for a stand-alone post, but too good to discard. Collect humorous observations, “Heard” items, and other small gems (hint: a notebook is helpful 🙂 and put them together in a Friday Fragments post. Then leave a link to your Friday Fragments post with Linky Tools and link back to Mrs. 4444 here: my main page in your post.

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It is freeing you should give it a try…

*It is raining in Philadelphia and its chilly again. This is not funny anymore!

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Celebrity Boxing…

Todays post is brought to you by the letter “C”.  It is day 3 of the A-to-Z Challenge. I will be writing a post every day (except Sunday) each post representing a letter of the alphabet. You can learn more here:

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Celebrity Boxing

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Kermitt Gosnell, Gun Control, Celebrity Boxing, Cancer, teeth and the Young and the Restless. Oh my it’s Friday Fragments on steroids…

Sometimes you have an idea for a post but just do not yet have enough information to turn it into a full post just yet. Every Friday it is possible to make a list of these thoughts. We call them Friday Fragments and you are welcome to join us. Just stop over and say hello to our lovely host Mrs. 4444. You will find very easy to follow directions there.

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