What you can do about homelessness…

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 W

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.

The solution to homelessness is so simple. Homeless people need homes. The most important thing you can do is to write a letter and ask everyone you know to also write one or better yet start a petition to your county government, mayors, congressmen and senators and insist they stop automatically sending the mentally ill and homeless people to hospital emergency rooms and jails. Insist that they come up with a program that provides apartments or houses and social workers to work with them to get them stable and then able to support themselves.

Create a program at your church that only works to provide permanent housing for the homeless. Perhaps that program could involve furnishing the homes, providing the first groceries, offering rides to appointments, work or stores, financial counseling, etc…

Know that simply providing referrals to other services is not helpful. Donating to organizations that only provide referrals is a waste of your money. If you can donate, only donate to organizations that provide permanent homes. If you are not sure, ask.

Shelters are dirty and extremely dangerous places. Most of them put women and children at risk. They are ridiculously expensive to run. Communities will save money by providing homes instead of building shelters.

Providing homes and social workers to the homeless is an investment in our communities. Within a year a large percentage of formally homeless will be tax -paying residents instead of being an endless drain on our ER’s and justice systems.

Thank you for reading,

Doreen

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

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My fellow live wires:

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

 

 

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