What is Wrong with the Homeless?

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There are different reasons people become homeless, but the fact is the one common denominator they have is, to quote Henry “Frogman” Thomas, they “ain’t got no home.”

What’s more important than the why, is how it can be remedied.  Let’s play doctor.

No matter what the reason someone becomes homeless, like a patient, after diagnosing the problem, the right steps need to be taken.  As is the case with cancer patients, a patient’s mental attitude is very important to getting well.

Like cancer patients, the homeless need to have hope, and faith.  They need to take one day, one step at a time, and have faith that someone cares.  In 12 Step Programs, there is a belief to hold on to by faith that there is a power greater than ourselves.

Like cancer patients, homeless folks need to take actions that will help them.  A friend of mine is undergoing chemotherapy.  The doctor recommends drinking lots of Gatorade. Likewise, the homeless need to improve their skills, further educate themselves, find jobs and do other constructive things.  As I wrote in a recent blog, idle hands are the devil’s workshop.

The homeless need to have a mission in life, and not loiter in The Land of the Lotus Eaters.

Just as cancer patients are not helping their condition by smoking, homeless people are not helping themselves by escaping through alcohol  and drugs.  A married homeless couple got drunk and were hit by a car.  They survived the physical harm, but their cynical, nihilistic attitude and nasty demeanor continues to plague them.  People around them consider them  personae non grata.

People without a home are like the rest of the population — they face various issues, such as drugs and alcohol.  There are various degrees of problems in the homeless community, as there is in the general population.  Some can function in society better than others.

When you get down to it, human nature is human nature, and we all have the potential to get involved in  anti-social behavior.  It’s just a matter of degree.  Carl Gustav Jung, Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist,  once visited a nuthouse with someone he called “an intelligent layman”.  This layperson remarked that the people he saw in the funny farm were just like everyday people, but with their problems greatly magnified.

The homeless are just like the rest of us, except they have the added burden of not having a home. In their circumstances, it is easy for the homeless to give up on life.  They sometimes feel that society has written them off.  And some members of society have.  That’s their (the ones who have written them off) problem.

Some of the homeless have become alienated from their families.  This past season there was a Christmas party in the public library in Levittown, PA and a Christmas dinner at a local warehouse, fixed up for the occasion.  The volunteers who help the homeless and other homeless people are their family.

I have been connected with the homeless in Bucks County, PA for about a year.  Still I wonder, as in the Bob Dylan song:

How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

No direction home

A complete unknown

Like a Rolling Stone…

With a little help from their friends,  and with a power greater than us, the homeless, like Lassie, can find their way home.

 

The Root of The Problem

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My homeless friend and were parked at Silver Lake Park in Bristol, PA, shuffling stuff that was overflowing inside my car around, when a  man who had just walked his dog approached and asked “can I help with anything”?

I explained that my friend, who has no place to sleep, has been sleeping in my car.  Brian told us about a food mission for the homeless his church has.  I explained that we have sufficient food, between food stamps, food pantries, and community meals, but told him there may be some homeless people who may on occasion be able to use this food, which doesn’t need cooking.  I added that I know a trustworthy homeless, seasoned leader who knows who would be in need and would make sure the food is distributed fairly.

I told Brian that the problem we have, like many other homeless folks, is shelter, which is a scarce resource in lower Bucks County.

Churches and church affiliated groups have stepped up to the plate in lower Bucks County, Pennsylvania to help the homeless.  This is one recent example.

After having been booted from many eating establishments, as I’ve related in my blog No Dogs Allowed, we have found a haven: Denny’s Restaurant on Business Route 1, near the Langhorne-Penndel border.  We and other homeless people feel almost like family here.  One worker here told us we can stay here as long as we want in this 24 hour restaurant, and we have.

My friend has cancer, and looks sickly and portrays a sort of homeless look.  Instead of making excuses to remove my friend from their presence, people here have been gracious.  Customers have anonymously bought meals for us.  One customer gave us a discount coupon on her way out, and made a remark that indicated that she was someone of faith, which was the motivation for what she did.  The staff here also has been gracious to us.  They have been giving us discounts and even gave me a discount card.

On one occasion, we talked with other customers where God was brought into the conversation.  We felt at home with them.  I’ve overheard parties discussing the Lord.

Back to the Shelter Problem,  the only shelter in lower Bucks County, run by Family Services of Bucks County, is not only overflowing, with demand greatly exceeding supply, it is not exactly a refuge from the storm.

A window, who has been having financial and other problems, had something valuable stolen from her at the shelter.  She is not only upset at this, but at the attitude of the shelter staff about the theft and other matters.  A volunteer from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) comforted her and helped her out with her material needs.   Other homeless people have comforted her.

Although the government helps out somewhat, with food stamps for example, it really doesn’t deal with the problem, and certainly doesn’t get to the root of it.  In many cases, as former President Ronald Reagan said, “government can’t solve problems; government is the problem”.

I’ve been struggling with Pennsylvania Welfare for months to get the right coverage to continue my friend’s chemotherapy.  Even a staff member from a local state legislator’s office is having a problem dealing with welfare on this matter.  It is a life or death situation, and that’s no hyperbole!

One of the basic reasons for homelessness is the economy.  Yet the Governor of Pennsylvania,  a Wolf in Wolf’s clothes (and this little boy is pointing out his wardrobe),  is interfering with the production of natural resources.  Rather than serve we the people, he made this move to placate the pseudo environmentalist special interests, who have money and influence.

Decades ago, the late Francis Schaeffer, a Christian college professor who has worked with the Counter Culture, who wanted to best be known as an evangelist, wrote that freedom in this country has been abused and one of two things is going to happen.  Either we will have a big government, police state to control people from the outside, or we will have a Christian consensus, where people are changed from the inside and they will do the right thing.

Arguing the point of big government versus individual initiatives is beyond the scope of this blog.  I would refer readers to Glenn Beck’s Arguing with Idiots; How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government.

It is up to us as American’s to step up to the plate and help our fellow American’s, our neighbors, in the tradition of President Grover Cleveland, which Glenn discusses in the book I just referenced.

To help the homeless find much needed shelter, please click on this link.   http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc

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Idle Hands

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It’s been said that idle hands are the Devil’s Workshop.  It’s true.

A homeless friend of mine has an addiction problem.  It almost got him into immediate trouble, and I believe it is at least part of the reason he is homeless.  He told me and others that one reason for his addiction is that he is “bored”.

Recently, he got a job.  After not having seen him for awhile, and having heard some bad reports about him, he approached me, all smiles, in the Levittown Public Library.  His demeanor seemed to have improved.  He said he still struggles with his problems, but at least now he’s on the right track.  Getting a job is a positive thing, for anyone!

There are some homeless people who are professional homeless people.  One homeless guy, one of the “library people”, got a job through the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need but quit and decided he wanted to play all day and continue to take handouts.

This homeless person is the kind that Bucks County favors and views as the model homeless person.  When I contacted a Bucks County Commissioner to inquire about finding shelter for the homeless, she addressed finding more mental health help and mentioned that people don’t like their taxes raised.

And when I talked to people in the field about what’s involved in finding shelter for the homeless, I was told there’s a lot involved, such as having a shelter staffed 24/7.  The nascent non profit I publicize for, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, is not going to be a babysitting service.

The thinking behind this is that all homeless people are trapped and can’t advance themselves and are doomed to addictions and nihilism. Some are.  But not all.  And they need constant supervision.

One homeless guy took odd jobs and saved up money for a station wagon, which he fixed up to sleep in. He’s now a substitute bus driver, which may become full time.  Some homeless people have jobs, and they’ve told me that it’s tough to be homeless and hold a job.

Recently, I read a column that compares the liberal solution for the poor with the conservative solution for the poor.  Liberals, the columnist wrote, want to keep poor people poor and to keep receiving goodies, so they can reward their liberal benefactors (who don’t use their own money) with votes.

Conservatives, the columnist explained, view poverty as a temporary situation and want to see the poor get jobs and raise themselves up to at least the middle class.  For conservatives, jobs, not handouts, is how to deal with poverty.

What people in the homeless state don’t have is capital.  What many of them do have are various skills and the ability to overcome obstacles.  They know how to improvise.  Like the homeless guy who had a plan to build forts in the woods, with a wood burning stove in the middle, which would shelter a few campsites.

Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless will raise funds to acquire property and materials.  The homeless can take it from there.  I have faith that there are homeless people out there who can.

If you are interested in giving the homeless a hand up, please visit this site. http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc

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No Dogs Allowed

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There’s a Charlie Brown episode in the Charles Schultz series where everywhere a dog wandered, he was not wanted.  Each time, the sign “No Dogs Allowed” appeared.

In Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the homeless find there are not wanted in many establishments, just because they are homeless.   If the ones who clandestinely are prejudice against the homeless were honest, they would post signs “No Homeless Allowed.”  The way things are going, this may be the case soon.

First it was the McDonald’s in Fairless Hills, PA, where a manager, whom I refer to as “Twenty Minutes” kicked my homeless friend out.  She told the manager that she was waiting for a ride as she nursed her coffee, but that didn’t matter to Ms. Minutes.  I couldn’t find my friend when I went to pick her up.  This manager was cryptic and snippety with me when I asked about my friend.

This was the second time Ms. Minutes booted my friend.  The first time Ms. Minutes made my friend leave, my friend called me and I picked her up, as she got in touch with me before the 20 minute warning was up.    After this first McDonald’s booting, as I was eating with my friend, this manager did a California stop, turned and quickly glanced at my friend, as if she were a Dog, and uttered “remember, 20 minutes”, and walked away.  McDonald’s never addressed my complaints; they just sent a form reply.

Next it was Subway in Fairless Hills, who threw my friend out.  She had to call me for a ride.

Burger King was the next “no dogs allowed”.  On one occasion, a shift manager at the Burger King in Bristol, PA relayed a message from the general manager that she’s no longer allowed in the restaurant.  When I pressed for an answer why, the shift manager admitted that the general manager doesn’t want homeless people at this particular Burger King because they have the potential of panhandling.

Hummm…  I guess with that kind of reasoning, because some black people have committed crimes, they should be kept out of restaurants because they may rob somebody.  Imagine the outcry if that happened?  Well, it’s happening with the homeless.

A cook in Houston, Texas was cited and fined for feeding the homeless.  Fortunately, she’s fighting it.

Why stop with arbitrarily booting the homeless out of establishments?  Why not have a separate water fountain for the homeless?  Why not make them sit in the back of the bus?

We need a Rosa Parks for the homeless.  Through my blogs, I try to emulate her.  The laptop is mightier than the sword!  I don’t accept the homeless being told to take a back seat — to be treated as second class citizens.

Not all establishments virtually post “No Dogs Allowed” signs for the homeless.  Denny’s, on Business Route 1 between Langhorne and Penndel, PA,  knows some of their patrons are homeless, and treats them like other customers.  They allow them to hang out and linger (some establishments call this loitering) after buying a meal.

The Burger King near the Oxford Valley Mall started out somewhat homeless friendly, except for two occasions when two different managers were out of line.  My friend and I have lingered there a few times.  On one occasion, one rude manager started staring at us after we had spent most of the day there, having had ordered breakfast and lunch.  “Are you waiting for a ride?”, he asked.  When we said “no”, he mentioned us being there awhile.  “Is that a problem?”, my friend replied.

“You’ve been here since this morning”, the manager quipped.  “So…”, I replied, and he walked away.

Another manager at this Burger King told us, about 10:35 p.m., “you better start packing up, we’re closing in ten minutes.”

I mentioned that the restaurant closes at 11 p.m.

“We have to clean up…”

We packed up and left.

But today, while I was taking two handicapped people to their doctor’s appointments, my friend called me and said the manager demanded she leave.  She told him she was waiting for a ride, but he got nasty and threatened to call the police.  We had breakfast together and I gave her money for lunch, shortly after which she was booted.

Before I picked my homeless friend up, who had to stand, which was hard for her in her ill health, in the lobby at Boston Market across the parking lot, I had some words with this manager.  He said someone alone is not supposed to stay by oneself after eating.  When I questioned why, he said it was crowded and implied that’s why my homeless friend had to leave.  I looked him in the eye and said “you’re a bold faced liar!”

After I picked my friend up, I returned to this Burger King to tell some friends I know from the community meals for the homeless and those in need that I found my friend, whom they know.  As I was leaving, the manager scooted quickly towards his hole.  “You better run, you little weasel”, I said.

Consequently, I am not only boycotting this Burger King, but I am starting a campaign against Burger King, starting with Facebook.  I posted on the Burger King Oxford Valley’s own FB page, which goes to the general Burger King FB page.

There are a few establishments, when a time comes when they are required to post their homeless policy, like the ingredients in their food, will not post “No Dogs Allowed” signs.  It’s my dream that “No Dogs Allowed” — I mean “No Homeless Allowed” signs will not be posted anywhere.

We shall overcome!

One immediate problem with homelessness is the lack of shelter for the homeless.  One way you can help is by donating to Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, which aims to provide shelter for the homeless by acquiring land and empowering the homeless by supplying them with the tools to homestead land they can call their castle.

If you want to supply the homeless with tools to help themselves, please go to  http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc   You may skip the ad after a short wait.

 

 

Walking the Walk

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I have written about the options people have who “ain’t got no home”. People who lose their houses or apartments end up on the street — sidewalks with foam padding, cardboard boxes, blankets, sleeping bags, sometimes on concrete floors by buildings, sometimes in tent cities or in areas where tent sites are scattered throughout the woods, and sometimes in cars.

My first experience on the street was sleeping overnight on a concrete walkway against a commercial building by a busy street with three homeless people. One of them had challenged me: “Jeff, you’re writing about us”, he said, and I was invited to experience what it’s like to sleep out in the street to get a small sample of homelessness.

I had no foam padding, so I fished out some cardboard boxes from a nearby dumpster for cushioning. I used blankets, mainly for additional cushioning, as it was not terribly cold that night. It took awhile to get used the street noises, such as car engines, radios, and occasional shouts of passersby. I slept just a little that night.

It’s no wonder homeless people occasionally nod off in the public library in Levittown, PA, where I’ve gotten to know many of the homeless folks in the area.

Recently, I’ve been sleeping in my car on a regular basis with a homeless person who has physical problems and has nowhere to go. We are fortunate that we can park the night in the parking lot of a major retailer in the area without being hassled. The retailer and the police know about it and allow it. In fact, they watch out for the homeless, especially the females.

Just last night a police car drove behind us, flashing red lights on, and pulled over a pickup truck a few spaces down. The person in the pickup got out of the car. The officer calmly got the person to return to the car, finished his business, and the pickup truck and the police car drove away, leaving a police van and a police car alongside where the original police car stopped.

An officer talked with the officer in the other police vehicle for awhile. They went about their business, and we went about ours.

On another occasion, as I walked back from the store to the parking lot at night towards my car, I noticed someone walking around suspiciously. A woman was sitting in a car nearby, alone. I later visited the store and as I walking near the area where I saw someone suspicious, there were police cars. As I walked further, I noticed someone handcuffed and later saw a woman in this area talking with the police.

The police went after people on other occasions.

This is the way it should be. The police protect the public, not harass the innocent homeless.

SLEEPING CAN BE DIFFICULT in a car. One thing I do to help me sleep is drink Kava tea, which relaxes not only my mind, but my muscles.

I’ve been sleeping in a car for about two months. There are people who have been doing this much longer than I have. There are people who have been in tents for years, and have had to move several times over periods of time. People who set up in walkways have to pack up everyday!

To help those people who wish to find better living arrangements, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless was created. Our goal is to get people get off the street if they so desire.

We are raising funds to acquire property so the homeless can homestead it and call it home.  http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc

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A Modest Proposal

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I have shared my limited experience with the homeless in lower Bucks County Pennsylvania, how they live, who they are, and how society, in particular, Bucks County views them.

Borrowing from Jonathan Swift, who proposed a way to prevent children of poor people to be a burden to their parents and country and make them beneficial to the public, I have a modest proposal to ease the burden of homeless people on Bucks County and even become an asset.

Today in Bucks County, we can use the idea Dr. Swift proposed back in the 18th century using modern technology. Better yet, Green technology.

I got the idea from the 1973 movie, starring Charlton Heston, Soylent Green. This right wing, former head of The National Rifle Association was trying to wake people up from utopian dreams even back then. That party pooper!

Like Dr. Swift’s idea, where babies and young children were served up to the rich and famous, I think we shouldn’t wait for someone to die to grind them up for food as the society did in Soylent Green. It is costly to keep the homeless living and an eyesore. They litter our libraries, fast food restaurants, food stores, streets, and other public places.

With this proposal, the homeless will now not only not be a burden on society, they can benefit the community! And we can put a plaque up at the Veteran’s Memorial by the Levittown Library to honor their part in keeping Bucks County Green. Soylent Green.

The homeless can be a precious commodity in Bucks County!

How does it Feel to be Homeless and Marginalized?

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In my last blog I addressed what it’s like to be homeless.  In this blog, I relate a particular, ugly incident committed against a homeless person, and homeless people, at a Burger King in Bristol, PA.

The civil rights movement may be over, but discrimination rears it’s ugly head in different forms. There remains discrimination, prejudice against the homeless.

A homeless friend of mine, who has to deal with lung cancer, possibly terminal, was saddened, so much, that she said “I’m about to cry” about being banned by yet another eating establishment simply because she is homeless.

She was booted out of McDonalds, Subway, and now Burger King.

We began frequenting the Burger King in Bristol, PA the past couple of weeks.  A guy there overheard my phone conversation with a reporter, who is doing a story on Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, the organization a friend of mine, who was homeless for a time, and I created to find homes for the homeless.

The man said that we have a wonderful idea and he’d like to help. Back in the day he helped build homes for the homeless.

All was well — we thought we found a refuge, a stop on the underground railroad, until this morning when the general manager told my homeless friend that she’s not allowed to hang out at this Burger King all day and that she would be loitering if she would do so. And then tonight, when we stopped by, the shift manager relayed a message from the general manager. The GM, a “Miss Rene”, said we were banned from this Burger King. When pressed, the shift manager said that the GM doesn’t not want homeless people there because they cause problems, such as panhandling.

As Dr. Martin Luther King said “judge people by the content of their character…”

My friend never panhandled. And she cleans up after herself and gets along with well with other customers. The carrier of bad news told us that she never had a problem with us. She was on duty much of the time when we visited the Burger King in Bristol, PA.

This is a case of gross discrimination, prejudice. As the saying goes, evil prevails not because of evil, but because good people do nothing. I’ve plead my case with Burger King headquarters and am also taking this case of gross injustice to the court of public opinion, starting with Face Book.

On some of my blogs, you’ll find a link to a crowd funding site which will raise money to help the homeless help themselves, giving them a hand up.  They need good people to be in their corner.  Help build the underground railroad to freedom.

 

 

How does it Feel? (to be homeless)

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“How does it feel

To be on your own

A complete unknown

Like a rolling stone

No direction home”

 

-Bob Dylan

 

From 2007 to 2010, according to Family Services of Bucks County, the homeless population in lower Bucks County increased 81 percent.  And there has been a net growth ever since.

The shelter in Levittown, run by Family Services of Bucks County, has a long waiting line to get in.  Consequently, many people are out on the street — on sidewalks in front of buildings, in tents, and in their cars in parking lots.

HOW DOES IT FEEL to be homeless?

Not very good and something that people generally don’t plan on.

What makes it worse is the stigma and sterotypes that are cast (like that first stone).

As if homelessness isn’t bad enough, there are some people who add insult to injury.  Recently, I met two homeless people in a fast food restaurant.  One of them was forced to leave a job.  People who had seen her at the restaurant she frequented informed her workplace that she was homeless.    Meanspirted people taunted her:  “she’s the homeless girl, she stinks…”

The homeless guy who was sitting at the woman’s table said his boss knows he’s homeless, and doesn’t have a problem with that.  The boss told the man he was a good worker.  He recently started a job and struggles to find shelter.

And that’s what should count.

Martin Luther King said to judge people by the content of their character.   That’s something I was taught growing up, even before I heard Dr. King say it.

Being homeless does not equal depravity.  In mid Victorian England, being in the lower class meant you were a lower form of life.  Someone with money and fame, however, was championed in that culture and defects in character were covered by this.  Decades ago, when I was young and foolish, I sampled some Jamacian Gold (pot) when I visited Jamaca.  It started raining and the guy who gave me the sample remarked “it’s raining, but you are covered by the smoke”.

Today, we throw up a smoke screen and exuse dilliances of the rich and famous.  But the homeless are looked down on by some, just because they, to quote Henry “Frogman” Thomas “ain’t got no home.”

I’ve found some homeless people to be civil.  Many are industrious.  They work when they have the opportunity.  Many times, you cannot tell that a person is homeless.  On one occasion, as I talked to a Bucks County official, a guy walking by joked around with us.  He asked if we were guarding his expensive car we were standing by.  When I told the official the man was homeless, he remarked “I thought he was a counselor.”

By contrast, a high school student who had raided a local Wawa with the rest of the after school mob recklessly crashed into a man, spilling the man’s coffee all over him.  The punk just kept going, not even stopping to apologize.  I don’t believe he was homeless.

The homeless are people just like you and I, which any of us could be some day.  They are in a difficult situation, and they need acceptance and encouragement.  Job hunting is difficult enough for us who have homes, as after many failed attempts one tends to get discouraged.  The homeless have the extra burden of not having a castle to come home to.

There are people out there who have been gracious to the homeless.  For example volunteers from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) and the hosts of the community meals that AHTN buses them to.  They not only help supply their material needs, but talk with the homeless and show their concern and encourage them to perservere.  They get to know them and give them a direction home.

The biggest concern for the homeless is shelter.  This is where Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless comes in.  We plan to acquire and develop property and earmark it for the homeless, with them helping themselves.

If you want to help the homeless get off the streets, please visit our crowd funding site.  We need funds for items such as materials, property and filing fees.  Volunteers, including us and the homeless, will do most of the work.

You can visit this site by clicking above on the Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless hyperlink.

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A Day in the Life of The Homeless

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It’s 6 a.m., and time to start packing up their sleeping gear in front of a government building. The office will start it’s business day soon and the homeless have to skidaddle.

This is one example of what people who don’t have a place to go home to have to do.

As far as personal hygiene, in the cold weather they find restrooms or other places where they can discreetly brush their teeth and generally clean up. The public library in Levittown PA put signs up “no brushing teeth, no shaving…” in the rest rooms.

Homeless people who regularly get caught napping sometimes get kicked out of the Levittown public library. One homeless man, who occasionally has gotten caught napping, was banned from the library for a week!

The homeless have a haven at the local YMCA, where they can shower and clean up. The Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) set them up for this. There is limited transportation to get there. Many of the homeless in Levittown walk to the Y. That is, those who can walk.

Another way the homeless in lower Bucks County spend the night is in cars. There are a few places in the area that are homeless friendly. A major retailer even welcomes people to sleep in their cars in their parking lot. The local police not only know about it, but they get to know who the homeless are who spend the night in their cars and look after them, especially the homeless females.

Not every business is homeless friendly. McDonalds regularly kicks the homeless out of their restaurant, even when it isn’t crowded and when they are obeying the rules and ordering food. A local Subway also kicks out the homeless. I talked with the manager of this Subway who said that people have complained about certain people hanging around (although they weren’t panhandling or pestering anyone in any way) and that his establishment doesn’t want the homeless to find a temporary refuge there.

Dennys is a place that is not uptight and judgmental about the homeless. People, who happen to be homeless, spend hours reading a book, after they have a meal there. The staff and the homeless know each other by first names.

The toughest time for the homeless is inclement weather. When the weather is agreeable, there are places the homeless can hang out outside without being rousted.

There’s one homeless woman in Levittown who has COPD, and can’t walk far, especially in cold weather. Fortunately, she’s been able to catch rides sometimes with people who have cars.

Another way the homeless spend the night is in tents in the woods. Tent cities have been established down the road from Levittown around Bristol, PA. On two occasions, they have been raided by the authorities, the day after the Warm Hearts brought their Trojan Horse. Just a coincidence?

And the homeless who were evicted from the tent cities were escorted to areas that tended to be very wet, not as favorable as the area they left.

In and around Levittown, rather than tent cities, the homeless pitch their tents in scattered areas throughout the woods. They have to carry supplies in, dodging the authorities and sometimes walking long distances through rough terrain.

Tents are not leak proof, which some of the homeless have found. When this happens they have to dry out their blankets and clothes. Sometimes things have to be replaced, even their tents!

The “Library People” and homeless in the Bristol and other areas get together regularly at the community meals for the homeless and needy. Different churches host meals each month. Most days each month are covered. The bus from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) pick up and transport homeless people to the meals. To cover gaps, an advocate from AHTN brings food as well as other items to the homeless.

You now have the 411 on the homeless and how they live. We at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless, a nascent non-profit started by a guy with a business background who was homeless for a time, who recruited me to do the publicity for this organization,  have a mission to help keep people off the street.

I’d love to turn you on to this noble cause.

If you’d like to help the homeless in Bucks County, PA, please go to this link.  The ads that come up help raise funds for our cause.  You can skip the ad after a few seconds.  Every click on an ad helps.

Please go to the Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless hypertext above.

 

 

HELPING THE HOMELESS FIND HOMES

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“Ain’t got no home

No place to roam

Ain’t got no home

No place to roam”

-Clarence “Frogman” Thomas

To provide a home for the homeless, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless (GSFTH) was created.

Unlike the only shelter in Levittown, PA, run by Family Services of Bucks County, Gimmee Shelter will not mann the housing 24/7, etc. Instead, we will acquire and develop property, with the homeless helping. A model we’ll use is homelesshomesproject.org, which salvages materials and uses it to provide homes for the homeless.

Our idea for finding a home for the homeless mimicks the Homestead Act of 1862, where, for a small registration fee, people can claim and develop land and if they maintain it, it is theirs. There is a lot of vacant property, both public and private, in Bucks County, which can be earmarked for homes for the homeless.

Since I’ve associated with the homeless for about a year, homeless people have told me that there the places most readily available to stay are treatment centers. They have to have an addiction or a mental problem to find a place to stay. These people simply just need a place to live.

In the tradition of William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, homeless people can be productive members of society.

GSFTH is raising funds, with which we can use seed money to start acquiring and developing property to resolve the homeless problem which has plagued Bucks County since the late 80s.

To help the homeless get a home, please visit our funding site.  The ads you click on help our funding.  You can, however, choose to skip the ad after a few seconds delay.  http://www.gofundme.com/lq6sfc