Isn’t it sad that this question still needs to be asked?
After all of these years, and after throwing billions of dollars at the homeless, this problem only seems to be getting worse.
How can this be?
I keep thinking there must be a multitude of people smarter than me out there who are working on this problem…, but apparently not.
And, again, why is the current homeless situation acceptable somehow?
Well, it isn’t acceptable to me.
And it shouldn’t be acceptable for any of us in the United States of America.
For example, did you know that Seattle spends $100,000 “to help” each and every single homeless man, woman and child there!
$100,000 a person!!!
Seattle and its surrounding suburbs spend over ONE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR addressing the homeless situation there!
OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR!!!
So what can be the problem you ask?
Well, the simple answer is that Seattle is considered by many to be one of the most liberal cities in the United States.
When democrats are running the show, it seems that NO AMOUNT OF MONEY IS EVER ENOUGH! Republicans are not blameless, however, either.
Let’s look at this more closely.
If you just gave a homeless family of four $100,000 each, or $400,000 (I was always good at math!) a year, they should be able to live very comfortably.
In fact, more comfortably than most people in this country!
So what is happening to all of that money between point A and point C?
Well, if point A represents all of taxpayer funding and donations, and Point C represents the homeless, point B represents government, stupidity, and corruption.
The truth is the liberals/democrats don’t really want to solve the problem…, they want to retain their power and their bureaucracy, while punishing and blaming the people who pay for all of their foolishness.
That being said, I would like to offer my services and submit for your consideration, my proposal to deal with this homeless crisis.
If you are a government entity at the local, state, or federal level, you have my permission use and implement my plan without question. You can even claim my homeless strategy as your own…, I don’t care, as long as we begin to actually do something that is effective regarding all of the homeless people in our country.
Typically, many communities are spending an adequate amount of money to address their homeless problem…, they’re just not spending their money appropriately or wisely.
There are many different reason for being “homeless.”
First, we need to divide the homeless into areas of situation and areas of need.
Families are treated differently, and routed to a family specific center. Families would have all of the same considerations that individuals do plus the additional considerations for any children, regarding family continuity, safety considerations and school requirements.
If we’re dealing with an individual, we need to determine what exactly their situation is and route them to an appropriate assistance center.
Each of the following determinations would have its own specific assistance center.
We start and the top of this list and work our way down. A person may fit into multiple stops on this list before finally not being “homeless” anymore.
Our overall goal is to not have anyone living on the streets, and to make sure everyone is being properly assisted and treated for whatever may be ailing them.
The list below is a top-down process. Each homeless individual stops at whatever step they require until they are no longer homeless.
Is this person a veteran? Then they are routed to a VA center or military base.
Is the person physically ill? Then they are sent to hospital or clinic for treatment.
Is the person mentally ill? Then they are routed to an appropriate mental health facility.
Is the person addicted to drugs? Then they are routed to the appropriate drug rehabilitation facility.
Does the person have an alcohol addiction? Then they are routed to the appropriate alcohol rehabilitation facility.
Is this person disabled, receiving assistance, but needs shelter?
Does this person need shelter and help getting assistance?
Does this person need shelter and help getting employment?
Is this person a victim of circumstances not covered above?
Once the proper determination has been made, the individual would either receive the required medical treatment, be treated for their respective mental illness, treated for their addiction, and/or assisted with their administrative processes.
Our homeless population doesn’t need “band aid” or “feel good” solutions…, or free needles and crack pipes!
Our homeless need real solutions, and so do we.
Yeah, but how are we going to pay for all of this you might ask?
Well, besides using the money we are already spending, which isn’t really helping at all, we can start by using the $300 million we just sent to the Taliban. Then we could use the $1 billion dollars they’re talking about bribing Russia with to back off of The Ukraine. Then we can start redirecting more of the billions of dollars of foreign aid we send all around the world, while hundreds of thousands of our own people are sleeping on the street.
People don’t mind paying for things that make sense, are effective, and that are run honestly and efficiently.
If I ever come across a government program like this I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, please don’t hold your breath.
Please let me know what you think of my homeless strategy, and any possible ways it could be improved upon!
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