Under the leadership of Secretary Ben Carson, HUD has the right idea to fight homelessness. I’m glad to read that the doctor has the right prescription: Housing First
HUD made $2 Million available to homeless programs, reads the headline. https://www.housingwire.com/articles/40695-hud-makes-2-billion-available-to-homeless-programs
Accountability to taxpayers is paramount in using funds for programs. HUD has been riddled with waste and graph, and the doctor has a remedy for HUDs ills and Secretary Carson will really help the homeless with this housing first approach.
An article in the guardian.com, with the headline “Entire homelessness agency could be eliminated by Trump’s budget cuts” concedes at least knowing the reason for recent budget cuts to HUDs homeless funding:
The cuts are explained in the proposal as reflecting a commitment to “fiscal responsibility”, and it foresees the slack being taken up by state and local governments and the private sector.
Fiscal responsibility, eliminating waste, is key to having a healthy economy, which prevents homelessness. The private sector should take up the balk of helping the homeless. And when you cut taxes that fund wasteful government spending, the private sector has more money to help the homeless. Awhile back, pastor Rick Warren, who works with the private sector to help people, stated that with the high taxes, people didn’t have as much money to help others and funds dwindled under President BO.
The private sector, neighbors, churches, can get to know the needy and can better serve all their needs. In Bucks County, PA, churches give the homeless meals, clothing and take-home food. Churches also minister to the homeless, as I discussed in previous blogs.
Although the private sector cannot complete distinguish the slacker from the homeless who are serious about moving on up, it does a much better job of this than does the government. For the government and its cronies, it’s about keeping an agency funded. With the private sector, it’s neighbor helping neighbor.
In Bucks County a mental health hustler program’s funding was cut. Under this program, a mental health hustler approaches homeless people in an attempt to shanghai them to get taxpayer funds to buy them a ticket on the disoriented express that takes them to Penndel Mental Health Center, where people are legally doped up and are worse after they come out than when they came in.
It was laughable that the Courier Times said that cutting funds for this failed program, which allegedly gets housing for the homeless, hurts the homeless. This cut I understand goes all the way up to The Donald. Good job President Trump! We’re draining the swamp in Bucks County, which is a huge job.
Buck’s Rapid Response Team got a guy out of the woods and into housing. Took only three years!
What I like about HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Program is that it’s priority is getting people housing, which is what helping the homeless is all about. What a novel idea: help the homeless find a home! One of the Bucks County mental health hustlers told me he doesn’t believe in housing first – that people have to get straight before they get housing. Talk about stereotyping homeless people. This policy helps guarantee business for the mental health industry.
The so-called emergency shelter in Levittown, PA has a waiting list of a few months, thanks to the inordinate amount of recovery homes in the area and the revolving door policy towards druggies and drunks. When people without substance abuse or other problem finally get into the shelter, they are subject to theft, violence, and harassment from those who display anti-social behavior.
One homeless people get a home, under this program, they can take care of any other problems they may have. In Bucks County, it’s axiomatic that homeless people need the services of a government sanctioned mental health center. People can find help on their own – through the church. Many churches have 12 step programs – some of them have programs that help people with any bad habits, hurts and hang ups, such as Celebrate Recovery, a national program which has local chapters. http://newlifephilly.net/celebrate-recovery
It is tax and spend progressives that create homelessness, today as it did during FDR’s New Raw Deal. Of course President Herbert Hoover and others contributed to homelessness. Where progressives rule, homelessness thrives. This HUD program shows promise and the social cancer of homelessness has a chance to be cured, now that there’s a good doctor in the house!