The Homeless Population in Bucks County Is Growing!

Warren Says Homeless Problem Is Also In Bucks, reads a headline in the January 27, 1988 edition of The Morning Call. Bucks County Commissioner Andrew L Warren told members of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce that the homeless problem is not just found in major cities like Philadelphia, but right here in Bucks County. -Excerpt from my soon to be published book “There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”.

Today, just before Halloween, 2018, there are those trying to trick you into thinking the homeless population is shrinking. It is not! I believe much of the homeless population in lower Bucks County, PA is being pushed back into hideaways, where the Bucks establishment wants them. One reason they don’t want to come out, as one source said in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, is that they want to be left alone.

The February 19 edition of reported that The Rapid Rehousing Program helped get a homeless man, who was suffering from physical and mental problems, including a nervous breakdown, out of the woods in three years!

According to the article, the guy “was on a downward spiral until staff from the Center for Independent Living of Bucks County, as well as the Host Program Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania stepped in to advocate for him.

Both organizations fought for the last few years to help Tanner qualify for disability income, social security, apply for Section 8 housing (a 18-24 month process) and to support him through an ongoing custody battle.”

When I proposed the idea to a Bucks County Commissioner to have the homeless build and manage an official homeless camp or village on Bucks County public land, like that of Dignity Village in Oregon, she replied “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.”

So while they wait for government assisted housing, they are left stranded in the woods! This kind of treatment of the poor is par for the course in a system where Tina Davis, who is running for political office, and her husband, got off scot free after pocketing taxpayer funds intended for the poor, struggling people in the house they rented. And all they have to do is pay the money back! Original story:

The Demagogue’s Deal:

Some folks say that the party of the people need to protect us from those, as Elmer Fudd would say “Waskally Republicans.”  Image result for elmer fudd

It’s private efforts, not the government that in the end will help the homeless. The homeless, of course, have to help themselves. They are not all alike. At a homeless shared meal on Sunday, the host, unlike many homeless shared meal hosts, let the homeless come in extra early. The meal started at 2 p.m., and a little before 1 p.m., a few homeless people sat down. They wanted soda. The host graciously offered the two whining people water and said that when they start to serve the meal they will bring them soda. After a while they got up and left the lunch room. When they came back, the homeless bus had come and they carried on like children that they lost their seats. Not all homeless and needy people are like this, which my book gets into. But the liberal establishment likes irresponsible bums, who have an entitlement mentality, like them. I talk about the Bucks Builds Bums/Build-A-Bum initiative in my book.

I haven’t been to Walmart for awhile. Maybe when I visit the store again I’ll find a new sign to warn shoplifters, based on the Davis/Dems precedent:  “Walmart takes shoplifting seriously. If you get caught shoplifting, you will be required to pay Walmart back for what you stole!”

Are The Homeless Out Of Sight? party officially says the homeless population in lower Bucks County, PA is shrinking. The other says it’s growing. The one who says it’s growing makes the point that, because they have been driven deeper and deeper into the woods, out of sight, they aren’t counted. He thinks they are growing because, as reported in the October 7, 2018 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer, “I see a lot of new faces”

I started hanging with the homeless early Spring, 2014 and went to the shared meals. After about two years, I didn’t go to as many, as Sandi, who struggled with cancer for the nearly three years I was with her, had trouble getting out because she was chronically tired. After God took her home, I started attending the meals for a while, then another time out. Recently I started attending the meals semi-regularly. I’ve noticed new faces.

I believe the homeless population in lower Bucks is growing. The establishment wants them out of sight, out of mind, but, being opportunists, they want to shanghai them to give them a taxpayer paid ticket to the Disoriented Express.

The County whines it doesn’t have the funds for homeless housing, but even if it did, says Marlene Piasecki, Family Service Association’s interim chief, it couldn’t provide more needed housing, as reported in the Inquirer. The problem is more complicated than that, the article reports, because people seeking shelter are often simultaneously battling drug addiction and mental illness. Often battling drug addiction? Everybody? Really? So then what about the people who just need housing? Do the homeless have mental “illness” and drug and alcohol problems by default, just because they are homeless? Assumptions? It’s a hustle. I think the official song for Bucks County should be “The Hustle.”

In my book “There Are Homeless In Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless” available in paperback and as an e-book, I address and offer my opinion on such issues.  I base the book on years of hanging out with the homeless and getting to know them, as well as listening to what people say, communicating with various agencies and law enforcement officials and research on the topic of homelessness.

Years ago I learned of a billion dollar computer study to determine the best way to understand and help people. The result: “Talk with them.”  Picture The Homeless, founded and run by homeless people, have a slogan: “Don’t Talk About Us; Talk With Us.”

Not all homeless people are the same. They are just a microcosm of society. As a whole, they have no greater percentage of what’s called “mental illness” than in other populations. Probably less. Of course, homelessness is challenging and it’s rough. What they need is encouragement, a hand up, and acceptance. I get into this in more detail in my book.

Biblical Counseling founder Jay E Adams is spot on then he writes “Organic malfunctions affecting the brain that are caused by brain damage, tumors, gene inheritance, glandular or chemical disorders validly may be termed mental illnesses. But at the same time a vast number of other human problems have been classified as mental illnesses for which there is no evidence that they have been engendered by disease or illness at all.”

In response to my email to a Bucks County commissioner where I proposed using land under Bucks County jurisdiction to have the homeless build and manage the land, the commissioner poo-pooed the idea, wrote about the need to provide mental health services for the homeless before getting them housing, and mentioned voting for the right person.  Well, Jim Davis, husband of State Representative Tina Davis, pocketed money designated for poor people who rented a house both Jimbo and the Bimbo of Bucks County owned.  He was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor but he got off with just having to repay the money!

A few years back, Tina Davis told a crowd at Stand Down, an event held then in Levittown, that she has done a lot to help the homeless, and will continue to do more for the homeless. She gave no details. She also said we need the government and we need her. Talk is cheap!

Would you buy a used car from Tina or Jim Davis? Would you vote for Tina Davis?  I comment; you decide.

Do the hustle! Not!

Who Do You Worship?

Drug addiction is a battle of the mind, over who or what you worship. One of the speakers at the Bucks County Faith Summit II today held at Carnes University made a brilliant analogy: A speck of fentanyl can really mess you up, even kill you.  The faith of a mustard seed (in God) can save you. 

About a dozen representatives from various Christian organizations rallied round at the summit to address how Christians can influence and turn the tide of the opioid epidemic. The consensus for the root cause of the problem of drug abuse among participants is that it is a result of sin. Drug abusers can conquer the problem by going to God and confessing their sin, and God will heal them. 

There were testimonies from people whose lives were really messed up – their health, relationships…  But through faith in Jesus, they were redeemed. 

At the summit were about ½ dozen tables used by groups that offered free brochures and staffed with representatives who were there to reach out and help others.  

The best way to get people who have a substance abuse problem is to make them feel at home, especially in churches. None of us have it all together, and drug abusers should be welcomed in the church. Jesus did not die on the cross to save “good” people who have it all together. As was the case with King David, as told in the Psalms, David came clean, confessed his sins to God, was forgiven and made whole.   

Once you surrender to Jesus, the faith of a mustard seed should grow.  

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6 

Surrendering your will over to Jesus will allow you to overcome any problem the world throws at you. 

The Davis Gang

I’m still flabbergasted that Jim Davis, husband of PA State Representative Tina Davis, who was charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor for stealing housing assistance money that was intended for a low-income tenant at a property he and his wife own would get off with just repaying the $33,000 he absconded with to the Bucks County Housing Authority and a poor tenant who lived at the home on Grant Avenue in Croydon.

The original story:

Both husband and wife owned the property where he was charged with the felonies and a misdemeanor. This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! Justice in Bucks county, PA is about as arbitrary as was the Queen in Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland.

Could not even charging State Representative Tina Davis with ripping off funds intended for poor people in the home the Davis’s owned have anything to do with the upcoming election the Bimbo of Bucks County is running in?

And even letting Jimbo off the hook for these crimes against the little guy, whom Democrats like the Bimbo say she champions, by just paying the money back is just a crime and an insult to my intelligence!

As this precedent is now set, I’m waiting for Walmart to change their signs about shoplifting to read “We take shoplifting seriously. If you are caught, you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and will be required to repay Walmart.”

This precedent is not surprising in an area that voted for Shrillery Killery Clinton.

The Solution for The Drug Epidemic is God

Everywhere you turn, you hear about places that deal with addictions.  There are many varieties. Some are fancy schmancy. There’s one ad on TV that starts with soft, soothing music looks like someone is about to get acupuncture, there’s a pool and a gym – a fancy resort! There are other places that are in more humble and simple settings.

In cases such as heroin addiction methadone is needed to curb cravings and make addicts more stable. Addiction becomes a medical problem in part.  Besides physical addiction, there is the battle in the mind. Methadone is just a temporary fix, or should be, to help those engaged in voluntary slavery to be redeemed.

The opioid and other drug abuse crisis is a spiritual problem.  Our country has turned away from God. People have stopped going to church, and even many who do, don’t attend a Bible believing church.

Just as our nation has been turning away from God, addictions have been exploding out of control.

In King of Prussia, PA., where I grew up, drug addiction really started taking off in the early 70s. Some new kids on the block corrupted their last name and proudly called themselves “the Doper-racks.”

The rotten fruits of the true church losing its influence on the country hasn’t been the case just in the past few decades.  In the 1920s and 30s America experienced the gangster epidemic. In the 1920s the church turned away from God, lacking fidelity to scripture, dead to the Word. My mother used to call these liberal churches “social clubs.”

An example of the churches falling off from God’s word was the Presbyterian churches. In the 1920s, the once theologically sound Princeton Theological Seminary caved to pressure to come down to the level of the mainstream Presbyterian churches at the time. They had polluted the church with modern liberalism. Instead of being a light in a dark world, the church turned the light off to the truth, leaving people in darkness.

One former Princeton professor who walked in the light was J. Gresham Machen, who went against the grain and took flack in order to take a stand against liberalism in the church.

The history, as found on the Westminster Theological Seminary website:

After Dr. Machen lost his position at Princeton and his church charged him with insubordination and removed his credentials as a minister, he took some bright young scholars with him and crossed the river to start Westminster Theological Seminary, just outside of Philadelphia in 1929.

In his book “Christianity and Liberalism”, Dr. Machen declared that liberalism teaches not a lesser form of Christianity, but an entirely different religion.

The worldly answer to alcohol abuse was the government decreeing prohibition, eliminating the supply. I wonder if anyone called it “alcohol abuse disorder”? Likewise, today authorities think they can resolve the drug problem simply by pushing out the pusher.

It was ministering to broken people that helped get Christianity back on track, more scriptural.

To help people overcome the enslaving sin of alcohol abuse, a Christian minster founded “A First Century Christian Fellowship” in 1921, 14 years before Alcoholics Anonymous was established.

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” Ephesians 5:18-20 Ephesians

The original 12 Steps, influenced by A First Century Christian Fellowship, which later became known as The Oxford Group, made regular reference to God. Bill Wilson, co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, greatly minimized the use of God in the program.

The Oxford Group’s Philosophy:
*All people are sinners

*All sinners can be changed

*Confession is a prerequisite to change

*The change can access God directly

*Miracles are again possible

*The change must change others

Enter the Biblical Counseling movement circa 1970

For more than 45 years, the founder, pastor Jay E Adams has been promoting Christian counseling using the words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. Dr. Adams was a professor at Westminster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania and the director of the Doctoral program at Westminster Seminary in California. He is also the founder of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation in Philadelphia, the National Association of Nouthetic Counselors, and the Institute for Nouthetic Studies.

In his book, How to Help People Change, Dr. Adams wrote “…generally your counseling itself should demonstrate that the Bible has the answers to human problems, and that, when properly used, it provides the practical solutions to the exigencies of life.”

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17

In the Bible-based tradition of the Oxford Group and Dr. Adams is CLPRM, which has been reaching out to addicts. Here’s their philosophy:

The faith community in Bucks County will come together to reach out to addicts on Saturday, October 13 at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA at Bucks County Faith Summit II; The Faith Community and Addiction – What You Can Do.

Events such as Bucks County Faith Summit II and counseling will be enhanced by attending a Bible believing church, one that doesn’t succumb to every whim of doctrine,  Bible studies, prayer, Christian music and fellowship. Counseling, as Dr. Adams explains in “Critical Stages of Biblical Counseling”, is basically a pit stop to take care of problems that slow down progressive sanctification so the putting off of sinful ways and putting on Godly ways can continue in the church and other venues that help the believer become more Christ-like.

Jesus didn’t die on the cross to save “good” people, but sinners. Addicts are no different than anybody else.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  2 Chronicles 7:14