Homeless is not a Crime
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Being Homeless is not a Crime
Most people do not become homeless for what they have done, but rather for what has been done to them.People lose jobs, get sick, and then have their homes foreclosed on or are evicted from a rental, because they didn't have enough money.
To a large extent, it's not their fault.
Inflation is the biggest problem, and wages haven't kept up with inflation.
At minimum wage, how do you pay rent and eat?
What Happens When You Become Homeless?1) If you sleep in your car or RV, the City tickets you, then tows if you can''t pay.
2) You know better than to sleep by a private home.
3) If you try to sleep in the park or in public, you get harassed by the Police or Put in Jail.
4) Your diet stinks, you get sick, and your personality changes from lack of sleep and poor diet.
5) You may then get labeled mentally ill and shunned.
6) As a result, some turn to drugs and alcohol.
60 Minutes shows homeless families in Florida
Let's face it, if you were homeless and nobody cared, what would you do?
If You're Homeless, How Do You Get Out of Homeless?Everybody will say "Get a Job", but it's hard to get hired if you look homeless.
Jobs are hard to get near Homeless Shelters, and public transportation stinks.
You may also get bounced around from Homeless Shelter to Homeless Shelter.
And if you get a job, you can't miss a day or you can get fired.
When you're homeless, every day is another hassle.
You wait in line for a shower at the Shelter, and try to eat and take the bus early.
How to Find a Homeless Shelter
www.homelessshelterdirectory.org lists shelters, kitchens, and other help for Homeless:
ShelterListings.org lists Shelters Nationwide
www.ehow.com gives the following info:
Locate a Local Shelter:
Examples of REAL HELPMAC House in Mesa, AZ works hard to help
Catholic Charities USA.org
Salvation Army USA.org
Search for Shelters and Soup Kitchens.
Feeding America .org/
Drive to End Hunger.org
Homeless in SB.org
FESCO in Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo and San Leandro, CA
Coalition on Homelessness SF,CA National Coalition for the Homeless
Union Station Homeless Services - Pasadena, CA
For ratings of the Best Food & Shelter Programs
News on HomelessUSA Today: HUD Study on Homeless
Many of Our Iraqi Troops go Homeless on Return.
Video showing Homeless People
Newsweek BusinessWeek: Cities passing rules targeting homeless
"COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Army veteran Don Matyja was getting by alright on the streets of this city tucked in Southern California suburbia until he got ticketed for smoking in the park. Matyja, who has been homeless since he was evicted nearly two years ago, had trouble paying the fine and getting to court — and now a $25 penalty has ballooned to $600."
"There's been a sharp uptick in the past year in the number of cities passing ordinances against doing things on public property such as sitting, lying down, sleeping, standing in a public street, loitering, public urination, jaywalking and panhandling, said Neil Donovan, the executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless."
"When I was in the military, I'm golden. When I was working, I was golden. When I'm not working and I'm out here, I'm a piece of garbage as far as these people are concerned," said Matyja, 50"