Why does this matter? Unfortunately because 1 in 20 kids are now Homeless. Sad isn’t it?
I grew up wondering where the homeless where in my community. I asked people who worked in social services at the time and they said that they were living with friends or in houses that weren’t occupied. It was a very cold place where I lived, so they had to take shelter otherwise they would have died.
When I attended school in Portland that was my first experience of homelessness. I saw people on the street who obviously didn’t have a place to go. I couldn’t understand why society allowed this. Now states like Utah are giving homeless people an apartment which saves them $11k per year what it used to cost to deal with homeless. A win/win for everyone.
I think the old public policy of letting everyone fend for themself is heartless. Yes we have freedom to make choices and experience the consequences of those choices, but there also has to be compassion and humanity. Too often homeless people have mental health issues or substance abuse problems. We can’t simply give up on people because they haven’t had the opportunities we have had.
Twenty years ago I wrote a letter to Sesame Street saying that the depiction of Big Bird made him homeless. He had a nest on the street! An unsecured door doesn’t make it a home. I felt that Big Bird should have a more permeant home in the apartment building. Everyone needs housing and the feeling of security and safety.
In many ways we make harmful choices as a society. Who thinks it is a good idea to not have a place for kids to sleep? Who thinks it is a good idea for kids to die and be separated from parents at the border? You can punish the parents for doing something illegal, but you shouldn’t punish the kids. Many of the kids that were separated are still not with their parents. Right now the last thing that I read said that cost $80 million dollars. Are we safer now? Are those kids going to grow up hating the US and we are creating the terrorists of tomorrow? Why is US so short sighted? Why are we so cold hearted?
If a kid or parent looking for a job is harming national security fine we can investigate that. What about potential presidential candidates who might be colluding with a foreign government? Why wasn’t that investigated? It was a failure of the US intelligence that we are only learning of the problems and questions now. What is going to harm the US more? A homeless kid and their parents, or people in power making decisions to benefit themselves?
Why do we focus on hurting those least able to defend themselves?
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