My My My how the tides have turned!!
Portions of our government have been so “gung-ho” on building a wall yet so reluctant in supplying funds to those in need, like the thousands who are poor and or homeless. Now the President has closed the government, turning his back on those who thought they were the most secure. These Federal workers are now facing the life the poor and are on the verge of homelessness. The emotion that everyone is expressing is disheartening, however where is this passion when we see people living out on the streets everyday? Are these calls for action being pressed for our fellow man dealing with homelessness?
There are many organizations quickly coming to the aid of these federal workers, offering food and services, which is great, but this is needed year round. Doing for one another is how our society has grown into the nation it is today. Hand in Hand, Heart to Heart! Being broke is a temporary aspect of life. The government will reopen, checks will be delivered and many will go back to sleep in their warm bed relieved and unbothered. The homeless will still be on the street or fighting for a spot in a shelter. These people will still be in a dire need of love, care, and support. According to a study conducted by Johnetta Hardin & Diaane E. Wille, when asked what are the reasons many of those experiencing homelessness are in this situation the 3 top responses are the lack of income, addiction, and lack of family support.
“On the night of January 23, 2018, 3,383 people were experiencing homelessness in Connecticut, this represents a 25% state wide decrease from 2007” (CCEH PIT, May 2018). In 2016 it was reported on January 23, 2016 that 549,928 individuals were experiencing homelessness. That number has remained relatively consistent today and is presumed to be far less than the actual number, is estimated to be over a million. There are 800,000 furloughed workers, all of which have been counted and are known to the masses.
America, we have a problem! Being broke is temporary and for those furloughed Trump has a quick fix for it. On the other hand our chronically poor and homeless need services that must be developed to tackle the root causes of this dilemma.
Funding for social services, not a wall. More jobs, less barriers!