Signs of Life
Since I currently have no car, I do a lot of walking; I've passed under a lot of bridges, and the relatively slow pace gives me time to really scan for signs of human habitation. The evidence is not under all bridges, but it's under enough of them to give some idea of the scope of the problem. It's usually something subtle: an abandoned blanket, a cardboard box strategically placed, perhaps some old camping gear (usually an indicator that its owner isn't too far away). I've only once actually glimpsed someone sleeping under a bridge. I wasn't homeless yet myself at the time, so of course, the only thing that ran through my mind is "there but for the grace of God go I."
Little did I know...
I've actually seen more entensive "accomodations." Entire small campsites set up under train trestles, overpasses, in and near abandoned dwellings. I'm sure that the area parks occasionally play unwitting host to men and women looking for a place to rest before heading out to do battle with life again the next day.
There must be some inducement we can offer those sleeping under bridges to abandon such areas (c'mon, people; they're sometimes not dry and often not safe) and try to secure space out of the rain. This is America, for God's sake. If we can put men on the moon (and soldiers in Iraq) we can certainly put the homeless somewhere drier and safer than an overpass.
Just my 1.5 cents (after taxes, of course).
And yes, it's pathetic how little support there is.
I live in Melbourne, Australia and the only thing I've seen recently is the government putting all the homeless folk up in cheap motels to hide them, as the Commonwealth Games start here shortly... 14 days later though they'll be ejected back onto the street.
Makes you wanna vomit.
Good luck man, it's never hopeless if you keep pushing on.
The system here is highly messed up. The state denies any problems???
Friend in G'boro I am praying for you and your family...keep on keepin on, they are trying to put my family in the skids and when they attacked my innocent children, they went too far. I have to update my Blog on what happened today...I am in Forsyth, but lived in Guilford for 12 years and worked for them too.
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Maybe.. for this time being, can you seek shelter in a church, or if you feel comfortable, even a mosque. Or some charitable organization? I hope can you can find someone to help you find you a job or a descent place to live?
I was thinking isn't it great if the poor have some sort camp home. I think one Asian architect has made that plan, but I don't quite remember who. Maybe governments can make use of their architects to think of cheap, safe, light materials that can make a very mobile camp-home for the poor.
Anyway, that's my US0.53 worth after the exchange rate. :) May God helps you. Amen
What we need is more money in public housing. Have a standing home that you can return to every night shouldn't be a luxury.
It'd be nice if the churches still opened their door to the homeless, now they just fob you off to the salvos or whatever they're connected to, which are so overwhelmed with people looking for accomidation it's not funny.
I work at a youth service it's just sad how many kids we have to just say no to.
Anyhow, thats my 19.5195 Estonia Krooni
(random currency off the converter)
i don't know what to say, except i'm sending you good vibes and hoping for all the best.
chin up. i hope it all works out. x
by the time i posted this message, i really do hope that things have turned better for you and your fam. and i hope your government can see how vital for everyone to have a place to call home. especially when you have young children, bcoz leaving on the streets only expose you to danger.
wishing you all the best...and take care.
"Nobody knows you when you're down and out." (Ain't that the truth!) Hold on to your family, and those you love. Friends disappear fast when you're on the street. But at the same time, the friends you make when you're down and out are REAL. "Keep your head to the Sky."
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