Ain’t Got No Home

“Ooh-ooh-ooh, ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam
Ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam”

-Lyrics from Clarence “Frogman” Henry’s Ain’t Got No Home

A solution to the homeless problem, here in Bucks County, PA, is largely stymied by the perception the public has of the homeless. On one occasion, some people said they felt uncomfortable visiting the Veterans Memorial in Levittown near the Levittown library because some homeless people were there.

They sometimes see some individuals in the group acting erratically and become leery of, prejudice against all homeless people. It’s guilt by association.

A major contributor of homeless stereotypes is the druggies who get mixed in with the homeless population, many from the local recovery houses, which number in the neighborhood of 100 just in Levittown, who create problems. On one occasion, when a new advocate was socializing with the homeless at the memorial, a crazed druggie approached and screamed at the crowd, asking what everybody was doing there.

Unlike much public perception of the homeless, the guard from the nearby municipal building can distinguish between the good homeless and the troublemakers. On one occasion, a homeless guy called the guard to the memorial when a jerk from the recovery house pulled an American flag out of the ground and placed in on his bicycle. The guard made the druggie put the flag back where he got it and kicked him out of the memorial.

Some members of the general homeless population don’t get with the program and work with the authorities. I was just reminded about a homeless guy who has been throwing trash in the woods which is still there, not completely out of sight.  It’s been there for more than a year!

I’ve noticed over the past few months that the homeless have been pushing the envelope at the memorial and surrounding area. They’ve been leaving their tents up during the day when the surrounding buildings were opened. Some of them have left cigarette butts in the area and trash on occasion. My beef, however, is the way the county is handing the problem, punishing everyone, even the innocent ones who don’t cause problems and just need a place to stay.

Doylestown made the decision to chase everyone out of the memorial. My problem is that the county judges everyone in the group based on a few bad apples.

Public perception is that homeless people have mental and addiction problems. The Bucks County mental health industry has exploited this and for years has been aggressively canvassing the homeless population for business, by hook or crook. In exchange for signing up and using their taxpayer funded assistance, the mental health hustlers offer the homeless, in a quid pro quo, housing.

That mental health treatment is a prerequisite for housing – as opposed to housing first – is reflected in a response to an email I sent to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia about finding housing for the homeless. The commissioner listed as a core problem “mental illness that is difficult to treat or people who are resistant in taking medication or attending counseling.”  She also listed alcohol and drug addiction as a core problem.   

To my idea of dedicating county land to open an official homeless camp for the homeless, where the homeless would do much of the work on the camp, she replied “That will not happen because there is too much liability. I also do not think that is helpful to the homeless. It just creates more space for them to avoid going to Housing Link and getting the referral, they need, to start getting sober/clean, on medication, in therapy, signed up for assistance or some type of work, and a solid roof over their head.”

For Diane Marseglia, one size fits all. She assumes that all homeless people need medication and therapy.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks, part of a national non profit organization that houses, feeds, and provides services for homeless families doesn’t subscribe to this philosophy, but instead houses people who just need a place to stay first and helps them get back on their feet.

There was a slogan during the early part of our country “Millions for defense but not a penny for tribute.” In Bucks County, PA, the slogan should read “Millions for addiction and mental health treatment but not a penny for housing first.”

The key to finding a place for the homeless to stay is the private sector. Bucks County government, which has a jaundiced view, has done an inadequate job of resolving the problem, which the county knew about since the late 80s. The problem with dealing with problems such as homelessness is that, like other things, is that we turned this task over to the government.

As President Ronald Reagan said:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

Curiouser and Curiouser

Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so much surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).

Here in lower Bucks County, PA, the authorities push to drive the homeless away from the Veterans Memorial and vicinity is getting curiouser and curiouser. Yesterday a sign was put up in the parking lots outside the library and municipal building with rules, including the hours people can visit the area. What’s curious is that it reads that it applies to the government services campus.

The memorial, which guards, accompanied on occasion by Sheriff’s Deputy’s, have been trying to chase the homeless from, is not a part of the government services campus. Although perhaps technically under the watch of Bucks County, the memorial was put up by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). The local VFW is OK with the homeless resting at the memorial, and even welcomes them, as the clean up and watch over the place.

Much of the animosity and consequent push to get the homeless out is driven by the employees at the WIC office in the municipal building, which faces the memorial. As I mentioned on a previous blog, two homeless women, one with COPD who just came in one winter morning during business hours to get warm for a short time were driven out, just because they were homeless. I believe that these government leeches were the prime movers for this sign.

Surprise, Surprise!  Not! I was not surprised yesterday when I saw Alan Johnson and other county mental health hustlers at the memorial. I know first hand about Alan. He told me he would offer me housing in exchange for me getting on SSD and labeling myself as being so mentally messed up that I can never work again. I told him that was fraud and declined. Just last night at a community dinner someone told me that at a Code Blue, Alan tricked him into getting on SSD. He, like others, have been put up in housing in return for subscribing to mental health services.

Bucks County has a history of hustling its taxpayer funded mental health services to homeless people.

I did some research and found that Alan and other hustlers from Penndel Mental Health Center went to tent city meet and greets, and during evictions to bamboozle the homeless into signing up for mental health clinics so they can get their taxpayer funded funds. They’ve also been showing up at Code Blues and even at community meals for the homeless and needy.

Put 2 and 2 together. The county is not offering housing, unless you call that housing assistance number housing, which takes 1-2 years to get on board. The County Mental Health Department, of which the municipal building is part of, will give housing readily if the homeless by offering them a taxpayer voucher/ticket to get aboard the Disoriented Express.

People should have a choice where they go for help in the free market. I went to Penndel Mental Health after suffering from acute anxiety and depression after I lost my job, etc. I would not go there again. They rely too heavily on drugs to control behavior. My anxiety actually got worse with the medicine they prescribed me. I believe they are in cahoots with Big Pharm.

I dealt with my issues another way — through the church and faith based programs. The churches can help the homeless better than secular psychology. People should have a choice in the free market and not be shanghaied.

Just a disclaimer, to my knowledge, Bucks County Health Department hasn’t put any homeless people in an insane asylum, but there is a quid pro quo that if homeless people sign up, they can get housing more readily than through other avenues, much the way registration in the Democratic party is a talisman for illegals to enter our country, and I’m not talking about a sick bird.

Don’t Think Freely (parody of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally)

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse

They want to make a monkey out of me

Well, they’re going to put me in the nuthouse

And all they have to do

Is round up me

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Maybe you can slip me a file in some cake

I hope you’ll come and see me in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

They want to put me in the nuthouse

That’s because they don’t think I am OK

Well the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse

Is because I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

 

Well, they are going have to chase me real far

They’re going to hunt me and they can’t really tell

If I really need to be in the nuthouse

They expect me to play the part for them real well

 

I’ll be a homeless collection in the nuthouse

From the state they want to collect their precious bounty

I’ll be a monkey caged there in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

They’re going to put me in the nuthouse

Where I’m all doped up and can’t think freely

 

Dupe-dupe a looney Dupe-dup a looney Dupe-dupe a looney…

They’re coming to take me away ah-hah he-he ah-hah ah-hah he-he ah-hah he-he…

 

 

 

 

Inmates Running The Asylum

There’s a maniac running around Levittown, PA. It’s not a escapee from a mental institution but, believe it or not, someone who wears a badge. His name is Joe, last name unknown, and is a substitute guard at the municipal building in Levittown. Recently, a sign was posted by the nearby Veterans Memorial to warn the homeless people to remove their property by April 29.

Joe took it upon himself to launch a vendetta against the homeless at the memorial. He told these people, who have nowhere else to go, that they, not just their belongs as the sign says, have to go — that they can’t sleep at the memorial after April 29. He produced no documentation and said that someone forgot to write that the homeless, not just their stuff, has to be out of the memorial by the 29th.

He said this was by order of the Bucks County Commissioners.

Originally, this rogue guard told homeless people that he was going to “remind them” about this starting Monday. But this nutcase couldn’t wait and woke people up at 5 a.m. this morning. One homeless person told me that Joe called him by name and said he was there to remind him and others about vacating on April 29. Joe even brought two Bucks County Rangers with him.

Joe is just a substitute guard at the municipal building, yet, evidently on his own time, he’s been venturing out on his Quixotic mission. The difference between Joe and Don Quixote is that Joe is not attacking windmills, but people.

I think that Joe, who is short, has a Napoleon complex. For those of you in Doylestown, a “Napoleon complex” is a term describing a theoretical condition occurring in people of short stature. It is characterized by overly-aggressive or domineering social behavior, and carries the implication that such behavior is compensatory for the subject’s stature.

This is also known as “little man syndrome” ,a popular term for the inferiority complex that short men (under 5’9′) in society are commonly assumed to possess, which causes them—at least per theory—to overcompensate by trying harder than men of average height (5’10′) in life’s activities

For years the authorities, driven by intolerant, judgmental special interests have been marginalizing the homeless and have constructively been scheming to keep them out of public places, such as the library and the memorial. But this is the most egregious attack on the homeless I’ve learned of in the two years I’ve been associating with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA. This is harassment, plain and simple.

It’s ironic, hypocritical, that authorities would harass the homeless at the Veterans Memorial, a memorial to those who sacrificed for our freedoms.

The problem with the way homelessness is addressed on nationalhomeless.org: http://nationalhomeless.org/issues/civil-rights/  (WordPress link not working; copy and paste if interested).

Judgmentalism against the homeless is immoral. People who harass the homeless have rationalized their behavior.

“All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.”

–Proverbs 16:2

 

The Answer My Friend?

“How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they’re forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind
The answer is blowin’ in the wind

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it’s washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they’re allowed to be free?”

–Lyrics from Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind

My question, the answer of which seems to be blowing in the wind, is how many years will the homeless problem exist in Bucks County, PA before the homeless are allowed to be free.

On Friday, a substitute guard from the municipal building next to the Levittown public library figuratively dragged two regular homeless people out of the library and told them to tell other homeless people to stay away from the nearby Veteran’s Memorial after 5 p.m., by order of the Bucks County Commissioners. Interesting, another impertinent piss ant substitute guard had approached some homeless people at the memorial several weeks ago and snapped “you know the drill; when the library’s open, you need to make yourselves scarce.”

The rogue guard, Friday,  asked the homeless couple for their papers, their ID. They refused after they asked if they were under arrest.

I believe that these guards were egged on by the government leeches at the WIC office in the municipal building, who had kicked out two homeless woman, one with COPD, one winter who just wanted to get out of the cold for a short while, during business hours!

A sign at the memorial that states that all belongings at the memorial have to be removed by April 29. This just pertains to things. This man Friday’s  rogue guard informed them they have to be off the premises by then, but evidently wants to start harassing the homeless sooner. He said he’s going to raid the memorial at 5:30 in the morning starting Monday and threatened to send a SWAT team and put homeless folks in the paddy wagon.

Let them come. I don’t think the Bucks County Commissioners want that kind of publicity.

At a commissioners meeting in the late 80s, it was realized that the homeless problem was not restricted to Philadelphia, but right here in Bucks County. So Bucks County knows about the problem, but now tries to pretend it doesn’t exist in the spiffy Philly suburbs.

Homeless people struggle to ferret out a place to lay their heads, and places to go are shrinking. Housing assistance takes one to two years. In the meantime, where do they go, unless they sign up with the county, which has been trying to Shanghai the homeless and bring them aboard the Disoriented Express? A guy from the county, who was with Penndel Mental Health, offered me housing in exchange for labeling myself as someone so messed up mentally that I could never work again.

Conventional wisdom writes off the homeless. Rather than give them a hand up, the homeless are treated like weeds that have invaded a painstakingly manicured suburban lawn.

There is a non profitFamily Promise of Lower Bucks — that is lending a hand in the homeless problem in Bucks County. Although they are providing, food, shelter, job training and assistance and other services just for families, it will take names off the housing list, one source they are drawing from. I signed up to volunteer for public relations and advocacy for the homeless with Family Promise, which is a national organization that has recently moved into Bucks County. So far, they have just one family (my latest information) ready to take advantage of the program.

For sure, there are some homeless individuals who are creating problems for everyone, and that the homeless can do a better job of self policing, but the harassment is not the best way to resolve the problem.
The homeless, many of them decent, law abiding citizens who are just in a difficult situation, are getting fed up with the harassment. Many of the encounters with authorities are arbitrary and capricious. Homeless representatives are about to take legal action, including filing another complaint with the ACLU as well as bringing protesters to create a media covered event.

Concerned people are trying to find a solution to the problem. Just removing the homeless, out of sight and out of mind, is no solution, nor is harassment. I, for one, would like to see the problem worked  out amicably.

Nowhere to Run

“Nowhere to run to, baby
Got nowhere to hide
I got nowhere to run to, baby
Got nowhere to hide”

Nowhere to Run

By Martha Reeves, Martha and the Vandellas

Places for the homeless to lie their heads is shrinking as fast as Alice in Wonderland after she took that pill. Increasingly, the homeless are being run out of areas they ferreted out. It’s getting harder for these nomads to find a place.

In many cases, people living in the woods, in cars and on walkways are responsible people who have jobs. They just don’t have the funds or simply just can’t find a place to live. The demand for housing in lower Bucks County, PA exceeds the supply, and property owners can afford to be fussy, even anal about who they rent to.

I recently met a guy who became homeless after his landlord lost the property.  Many people become homeless because, in the words of Curly of The Three Stooges are just victims of circumstances.

Some people become homeless because of addictions and other problems they created. Contrary to the psychobabble view that people are not responsible for their behavior, that “it’s not their fault”, they are responsible. The feds, who have dumped recovery houses on the community in Bucks County are also culpable for the Frankenstein like destruction and degradation of the community.

As Fats Domino sang “people come from miles around” to the recovery houses. It’s no thrill upon the hill, but the feds treat it that way and tell druggies “let’s go let’s go let’s go” and come to lower Bucks County.

In Ontario, California, the town helped the homeless by working with them to create an official tent city, where amenities such as toilets and running water for showers were put in. Camp Purgatory became overcrowded. To resolve that problem, only local people could stay.

Every local area could take care of it’s own homeless problem. Unlike many other areas in our country, Bucks County’s answer to the homeless problem is to just get them out of the way, as if they were cockroaches, by hook or crook. One way they hook them, as I’ve said on other blogs, is by shanghaiing homeless people and bringing them aboard the taxpayer funded Disoriented Express.

Bucks County is reluctant to create more shelter for the homeless.  In homeless territory, it has been posting the phone number for housing assistance. There is a one to two year wait for assisted housing. When I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to suggest using county land for official shelter, like that of Camp Purgatory, she responded that this would jeopardize opportunities for public housing assistance.

This is thinking akin to that of the Soviets during the Chernobyl nuclear accident. The engineers on the scene told Moscow about particular malfunctions and alerted the Russkie leaders about the danger. Moscow didn’t head the warning “Moscow, we have a problem,” but insisted, from their remote reasoning from their Ivory Tower, that what the engineers saw wasn’t happening.

“Doylestown, we have a problem” is likewise ignored.

One of the reasons Bucks County doesn’t cotton to the idea of relinquishing land and letting the homeless become self reliant is the one-size-fits-all mentality. Because there are a few bad apples in the homeless community, largely the druggies, the county views all homeless people that way. They also, like Joseph Stalin, believe the average person is a miscreant who can’t manage his own affairs and needs Big Brother to create a government program even for just wiping his behind.

The best bet for finding shelter for the homeless is the private sector. Earlier this month, Family Promise of Lower Bucks County, lined up its first family for it’s program, where churches take turns feeding and sheltering homeless families who are taken to the day center where they can take care of laundry, shower, get job training and help finding jobs, etc. One think I like about Family Promise is that it screens people before they get into the program. And there are strict rules.

The “emergency” shelter in Levittown, PA has a revolving door of druggies and drunks, which creates problems for other guests.

Bucks County, we have a problem. We need somewhere for the homeless to run to.

All Aboard The Disoriented Express

Tonight at the community meal was a microcosm for the church verses secular psychology. This hit me when I walked by the pastor and a representative from Penndel Mental Health Center standing next to each other. Both of them made their rounds and mingled with the homeless and needy who were dining at the church.

The mental health rep was wearing a chain around his neck with a badge attached, so you know he meant business. And speaking of business, the deadline for yearly public funding for the center is approaching – in July. A parody is in order:

Upcoming Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time)

It’s upcoming

Funding Time

It’s upcoming

Funding Ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now Hey now Hey now Hey now

They lost Alan but here come Keith

Here comes Chris and he’s talking sweet

But Alan’s still with the county

And helps get the bounty

It’s upcoming

Funding Time

It’s upcoming

Funding Ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now Hey now Hey now Hey now…

While Chris was doing the hustle, most likely trying to Shanghai the homeless to get them aboard The Disoriented Express, the pastor was asking the guests, many of whom she formed a bond with, about their lives, showing God’s love. Her motive was Christian concern and she encouraged people to go to church.

Just this week, the pastor at my church said that the church has relegated it’s responsibility to meet the physical, psychological and spiritual needs of people to the government. Welfare programs just hand people a check and food stamps but do an inadequate job of ministering to people to help them.

Penndel Mental Health Center is infamous for passing out drugs to control behavior. I suspect that they push drugs to maximize profits for Big Pharm.

Shanghaiing the homeless is a win-win proposition for Bucks County, PA.  It keeps the nuthouse in business while removing what Bucks County deems pests, letting them linger in the Land of The Lotus-eaters. “In Greek mythology the Lotus-eaters, also referred to as the lotophagi or lotophaguses or lotophages, were a race of people living on an island dominated by lotus plants. The lotus fruits and flowers were the primary food of the island and were narcotic, causing the people to sleep in peaceful apathy.” -Wikipedia.

The enemy of the homeless is not a couple outspoken people who tell it like it is, but the government and some intolerant, judgmental people who influence the government — people who are more interested in their personal peace and prosperity than the needs of hurting people. Homeless patrons at the public Library are made to feel unwelcome and are constructively driven out, as they used to be at the Veterans’ Memorial, where I believe guards were egged on by government leeches at the WIC building and other self righteous people to shoo away what they consider pests.

Dr. Jeff has a diagnosis for what ails some homeless people. It’s PMS (poor me syndrome). They wallow in self pity. They are miserable so they work hard to make others miserable. The cure? Accept your circumstances and work on ways to overcome them. Turning to God is the way I am dealing with my situation. I was only living in my car for a few months, but after losing my job and having other bad circumstances happen, I was devastated, a total wreck.

For awhile, at the advice of the local Salvation Army, who relegated some of it’s responsibility to secular psychology, I went as an outpatient at Penndel Mental Health Center. My anxiety and depression got worse with the drugs they gave me. Drugs should be used for medical, physical problems, not to control behavior. I’ve made much better progress with the church and my personal relationship with God. It’s a long journey, with setbacks along the way. Restoring oneself takes time. As I gathered from the 12StepJourney  (meetings which I attend) Facebook page, we still have old wounds, many of them self inflicted,  that need to heal and poisons that need an antidote.

All aboard the Disoriented Express!

Not!  

“He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.” –Psalm 40:2

Wossamatta U Homeless?

“Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things.  See how great a forest a little fire kindles!  And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity.  The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.”

–James 3:5,6.

Like other communities today, there are problems in the homeless community. Although in places such as Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the homeless are considered undesirable by some people, unfortunately by some who have influence, and they have gotten an unfair shake, some problems are caused by members of the homeless community themselves.

Bucks County tends to use the one-size-fits-all approach to the homeless and stereotypes them. One stereotype is that all homeless have mental problems. One dubious report stated that 95 percent of the homeless are mental.

The county has been capitalizing of this myth by actively seeking homeless people to sign them up for their taxpayer funded mental health centers, often offering them housing if the climb aboard the Disoriented Express, using their public funds.

Fraud by the county is not the only problem. The problem is that, like all of us, we have fallen away from God’s ways and as a result have unresolved conflicts. According to pastor and Christian counselor Dr. Jay Adams, except for “organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders” most cases of people labeled “mentally ill” are wrong.

Because of false witness, which the Bible clearly speaks against — “A false witness [that] speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”– there has been altercations, some physical in the homeless community in lower Bucks County. A spark of lies has created a wildfire across this community.

Last night I, and others who were eating at a community meal for the homeless and those in need were sickened by the gossip spewed out by a members at the table where I was sitting.   Someone lamented that a guy, who was falsely accused of “ratting out” the locations of homeless camps, being a pervert, exploiting women, etc. was still going to the community meals. Because she, and others who fell in lockstep said so, he should not still be going to the meals.

One of the Kool-aide drinkers said that it’s good the guy hasn’t been riding the free bus run by the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN) to the meals because he “ran his mouth”. Another judgmental person reveled in the memory of the guy getting “tuned up” in the parking lot. One idiot quipped that he should have been tuned up more and that the job should have been finished.

So much anger! Such much hate! So little evidence!

To discover the truth, I did some research. I looked on Megan’s List, which included photos of perpetrators, and did not find him. As to the “ratting out” of where the homeless were staying, I learned that after the group Warming Hearts visited two camps bearing gifts, like The Trojan Horse, the next day or so these camps were raided. I had also heard from a credible source that this group didn’t deliver on a promise to bring gifts to members of “The Memorial Mob”, who hung out in the vicinity of the public library in Levittown.

There were articles in LevittownNow.com about one camp, where it was reported the occupants were given a camper, which could be seen from Route 13. A representative from Warming Hearts was quoted in the article. The article mentioned that, although the landowner let the homeless camp on his property, there were complaints from neighbors. About a year after this article was published, a local district justice ordered the homeless to leave the property. The case was appealed and they were given a stay, but eventually the homeless had to leave.

The homeless who camped in Queen Anne Woods, starting behind the Levittown public library, were ordered to leave. Bucks County Rangers collapsed tents, told the homeless in person and left eviction notices. In an email, Steve Long, Chief Bucks County Ranger told me that the raid was a result of drug use and people with warrants living in the Queen Anne Woods. Steve told me there were complaints about syringes in the woods. I learned that the Rangers had to go into the woods to take someone who overdosed to the ER.

In some cases certain irresponsible individuals in the homeless community  cause everybody the whole encampment to have to leave.  I believe that the guy who has been the object of scorn in the homeless community was overheard offering constructive criticism to this affect.

It’s mostly the druggies, most if not all refugees from the local recovery houses the feds have been pushing down our throats, who have been causing problems for all the homeless.

A close homeless friend told me that everyone was booted from a homeless camp where she stayed because some people abused the privilege the property owner gave them. They were allowed to charge cell phones, but some of them started plugging in TVs and using more electricity than they were allowed.  My friend also said that people (probably druggies) were stealing copper.

I understand that homelessness is tough, and that people are angry and frustrated at their situation. I lived in my car for a few months. My feet and my legs swelled up. The problem is that in this case the anger in the homeless community is misdirected and they made someone a scapegoat.

There have been small victories. A guy who was misinformed that I had ratted him out and who was after me and the scapegoat ended up sitting with us at a community meal, because there was nowhere else to sit. We reasoned together and made peace, all three of us.

Even when there are legitimate gripes, where the homeless are harassed at the Levittown public library, the Veteran’s Memorial, the WIC building, and at fast food restaurants such as Subway, McDonalds, and especially at Burger Kings, they still need to be as cool as possible. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr told blacks, who were harassed during the Jim Crow South, to keep their cool under pressure and act responsibly. They did, and they overcame.

The lower Bucks County homeless community needs to heed the eighth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor,” as well the other commandments.

The homeless community, like the rest of us, especially myself, needs to listen to God and trust and obey Him. This is the way to peace.

A Cure for Being Shattered

Decades ago, author E.B. White wrote that New York “is a cancer, as yet undetected.” New York City has influenced the rest of the country, and the social cancer has been growing, infecting the rest of the country.

“Uh-huh, this town’s full of money grabbers
Go ahead, bite the Big Apple, don’t mind the maggots, huh
Sha oobie, my brain’s been battered
My friends they come around they
Flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter, flatter
Pile it up, pile it up, pile high on the platter “

-lyrics from The Rolling Stones’ Shattered

Homelessness in New York City is so bad that the homeless in New York could not fit inside of Yankee Stadium.

These are the fruits of the New York values that Presidential candidate Ted Cruz spoke of.

What are our values? What have we reaped as a result of those values? This past Sunday a couple walked out of their dwelling out into the parking lot, spreading apart like two magnets of the same poles as they started walking somewhere. They weren’t really together but were walking the same direction. One of them started saying something to the other, to which the other snapped “shut up!” There seems to be a lot of anger today, manifesting itself in  instances such as road rage. Recently, two clueless youths were blaring out gangsta rap at 2:30 in the morning, oblivious of how they affected others around them, parroting, aping  mindless lyrics. To quote Shakespeare “…a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

Homelessness is another New York value that has spread to the rest of the country. The “emergency” shelter in Levittown, PA has a month’s long waiting list to get in. Consequently, people, many of whom just lost their jobs, sleep in cars, on concrete slabs, and in the woods.

Homelessness is the canary in the mine, which indicates, in the words of Astro, the dog in The Jetsons cartoon that  “rumthing’s wrong rear Reorge (something’s wrong here, George).”

Because of liberal/progressive policies, as the senator Ted Cruz points out, people in New York are suffering, for which he sends his condolences.

Texas, by contrast, has a lot less homeless people than New York. It is more conservative than New York City, where people pull their own weight, has more of a Christian consensus than New York and there is less reliance on the government. Texas has been putting up speed bumps to slow down the Feds, who are driving under the influence of liberalism. Don’t mess with Texas.

In my blog Fight Homelessness; Don’t Vote For Progressives, I documented that in areas under progressive/liberal rules there is more homelessness than there is in places where there is a conservative consensus.

What is conservatism?

True conservatism espouses limited government, a free market, where individuals freely exchange buying and selling as well as ideas. Specifically, free market capitalism is true conservatism, not crony capitalism, which Donald Trump subscribes to. This is the practice where the government uses it’s weight and gives special privileges to others. In practice, it’s not much different than progressivism, the March towards socialism. Crony capitalism, sometimes disguised as conservatism, gives conservatism a bad name.

Conservatism does not involve a creed. From our country’s founding, it’s served as a framework to allow citizens their basic God given rights while protecting them, especially from the government.

Many years ago a pastor told me that Karl Marx was wrong when he said that capitalism oppresses people. It’s the evil in humans, the pastor explained, that causes wrongs to be committed, not capitalism. Frederick Engels, Marx’s socialist  sidekick, stated that marriage is “legalized prostitution, in a capitalistic marriage.”

Ted Cruz has been accused of being a “dominionist”, meaning that he would force his religious views down the throats of his fellow Americans. This is not true. Following the constitution, Cruz would respect the rights of others to practice their religion – religious liberty. The left, on the other hand, doesn’t do this, as evidenced in the government harassing in an attempt to coerce Christians to go against their beliefs, state sponsored discrimination, in cases such as bakeries  which were hassled when they wished  to refrain from baking cakes for “gay weddings.” Some pastors fear the day may come when the government will force them to perform same sex marriages, which is against their beliefs.

Religious freedom allows us to engage in the free market of ideas.  Individuals and churches who are kind to the homeless by feeding them, helping with shelter, and reaching out to them is driven by their Christian beliefs.

In lower Bucks County, PA, the government not only doesn’t help the homeless very much – certainly not as much as private charity – but seeks to arbitrarily drive them out of public places, as they did to a homeless woman with COPD at the WIC building in Levittown and as they are doing constructively at the Levittown public library and have tried, but have been unsuccessful at the nearby Veteran’s Memorial.

It’s the Christian mission to show God’s light on the world. We can do this in a free market society.

We can shine light on darkness, as found in the Rolling Stone’s lyrics:

“Uh huh shattered, uh huh shattered
Love and hope and sex and dreams
Are still surviving on the street
Look at me, I’m in tatters!
I’m a shattered
Shattered”

http://songmeanings.com/songs/view/45250/ 

 

 

 

 

Churches Ready for Homeless Families

The first homeless families are expected to arrive in their safe haven on April 10 when they come for food and shelter at the United Methodist Church in Newtown, where they will spend the week. This will kick off Family Promise of Lower Bucks’ mission where churches take turns housing families with children each week.

This is a 30 day program where churches provide food and overnight shelter for their guests. In the morning, Family Promise will transport them to its Day Center in Tullytown. Here parents take care of their young children while older children go to school.  Parents are offered job training and can look for work and the center offers social services. Families can do laundry and take care of personal hygiene.

Some of the families are drawn from public housing lists, which should lessen the backlog for other homeless people.

Any homeless families interested in this program may contact me, Jeff. I attend most of the community meals for the homeless and those in need in Lower Bucks County and often visit the Levittown Public Library and the nearby Veterans’ Memorial. Just ask around the homeless community or some of the library staff for me.

Or you can contact Family Promise of Lower Bucks directly http://www.fplb.org/contact-us-2/ 

The mission of Family Promise in lower Bucks is a step in the right direction to help our fellow American’s without walls.

“And if thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt relieve him: [yea, though he be] a stranger, or a sojourner; that he may live with thee. Take thou no usury of him, or increase: but fear thy God; that thy brother may live with thee.”  — Leviticus 25:35-36

Do Unto Others

Before the official ribbon was cut for the grand opening of Family Promise of Lower Bucks this morning, the hallway was packed with volunteers who want to help homeless families. There must have been more than 100 people!

Volunteers from many churches who wish to serve others socialized and networked. Many of the people, some who were early comers and others who recently joined, exchanged ideas and experiences about helping homeless families. Many of them knew each other. I ran into a few people I know and met others who wish to lend a helping hand.

Put A Little Love In Your Heart

By Jackie DeShannon

Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand
Put a little love in your heart
You see, it’s getting late, oh, please don’t hesitate
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see

Another day goes by, and still the children cry
Put a little love in your heart
If you want the world to know, we won’t let hatred grow
Put a little love in your heart

And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see. Wait and see

Take a good look around and if you’re lookin’ down
Put a little love in your heart
I hope when you decide kindness will be your guide
Put a little love in your heart
And the world will be a better place
And the world will be a better place for you and me
You just wait and see
Put a little love in your heart
Put a little love in your heart

Indeed, shelter and services for families and children in lower Bucks County is needed, and Family Promise of Lower Bucks is reaching out to meet that need. The plan is to focus on a few families at a time and mentor them to help them find a path to self sufficiency as well as meet their physical needs.

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

–1st Thessalonians 5:11

http://www.fplb.org/what-we-do/

Nationally, Family Promise has a track record of placing 80 percent of families in self sufficient housing.

Today’s Family Promise event was a learning experience and showed that there are people out there who really care and want to make a difference in the lives of their neighbors. You could be homeless. I was. It’s good to know, as Carole King sang that “you’ve got a friend.”

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” — Matthew 7:12