Officials in Bucks County, Pennsylvania recognized in the late 80’s that there was a homeless problem in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Today, especially in Lower Bucks County, the homeless problem has mushroomed. So much so that the only shelter, in Levittown, PA, has a long waiting list.
Consequently, many people end up sleeping on sidewalks, their cars, and in tents.
People are homeless for various reasons, such as character flaws that resulted in alcoholism, drug abuse, and other anti social behavior, which made them less productive members of society. Another reason is the economy. Many people have been out of work for a long time and have ended up out in the street.
Bucks County is doing an inadequate job of finding homes for the homeless. There are lots of vacant properties in Bucks County, but there are no serious initiatives to develop them for the homeless. All we hear are excuses and “it’s not my department.”
The politicians in this area are not serious about serving the public, but serve the special interests. In an email from Pennsylvania State Representative Tina Davis, Davis praised the new Pennsylvania governor for stopping production of natural resources on state lands. She admitted that producing goods on state lands would help the economy, but stated that “protecting the environment” trumps the economy. Ostensibly Davis is kowtowing to the special interests, which have influence and money. She may just as well hand pink slips out to people and throw them out on the street.
Instead of helping the homeless, the local state representative and the governor are helping people become homeless.
In the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, who nixed a government bailout for seeds for Texas farmers whose farms were devastated by drought and counted on the benevolence of Americans to help other Americans in need, we need to rely on the private sector. In the case of the Texas farmers, they did, and more funds were raised by fellow Americans than the government proposed. Yes we can, but not by counting on the government, which hopes for our change, but by neighbors helping their neighbors.
To help the homeless find shelter, I became the publicist for Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless.
The link below will take you to an ad that helps our cause. You can choose to skip the ad and go to the GimeeShelterfortheHomeless on GoFundMe.com.
We need you to help with our noble cause.