Are The Homeless Movin’ On Up?

As the number of guests who attend the shared meals for the homeless and those in need continues to grow in Bucks County, PA, the food to feed them is stretched. Sometimes, the gracious hosts are unable to offer seconds. 

Actually, this is a good thing, as some of the guests have been overeating and continue to get fatter.  A few years ago, a homeless friend (now no longer homeless) told me he doesn’t want to be made too comfortable in his homeless situation because it will not give him incentive to move forward, out of being homeless (which he did).  This is analogous to people continually leaving bread for birds, who then can’t fly south for the winter. 

Some people who go to the meals have become quite rotund, which is a polite word for “fat.” Some of them are proud of their big bellies.  

By indulging the homeless in meals that have, to some, become a Roman banquet, the meals provide more than subsistence. Gorging yourself does not give you much motivation to leave the nest. 

Parks in Bucks County have posted rules not to feed the waterfowl, a tradition almost as dumb as smoking. Migrating waterfowl, instead of continuing on their journey south, may stop in route where they can get welfare. Here they grow so fat that they can’t fly south! They have trouble even getting off the ground! 

http://wildlifecenter.org/sites/default/files/Consequences-of-feeding-wild-ducks-in-public-parks.pdf 

Like the waterfowl, needy people need to stick to basics, and continue their journey, and not get stuck in a rut, like the characters in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress. In the story, the characters, who were just supposed to take a nap on their way to the Celestial City, lingered, and had to suffer the consequences. God, of course, guided them along The King’s Highway, home. 

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/pilgrims/summary.html 

We are all homeless, in a sense. For the Christian, heaven is home. We are just sojourners on this earth and we shouldn’t get too caught up in the things of this world. Easter is a reminder that Jesus rose from the grave to overcome death to save us from our sins and to follow his ways in life to advance His kingdom. God restores us to the way he created us. 

Easter is not about the bunny; it’s about the lamb! 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” -John 16:33 

Who the homeless really are and their challenges is the subject of my recently published book: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, which focuses on the homeless in lower Bucks County, based on first-hand experience:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

A Day in The Life of The Homeless

When his mother was being evicted, the son was in jail, charged with reckless driving and driving without a license, which resulted in homelessness, reports an article on philly.com, about the problems of people living in the woods in Croydon.  https://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/homeless-shelter-bucks-county-pennsylvania-camps-20181007.html 

Not getting along at a family friend’s place was a reason the mother ended up in the woods. She couldn’t get into the temporary shelter in Levittown.  

People become homeless for various reasons. Drug, alcohol, cigarette, and other addictions is one reason. Some people lose their jobs, sometimes through no fault of their own. 

Public housing is tough to get into. It often takes years to get a place through the government. And the availability and price of private housing is another obstacle to finding a place in Bucks County. Irresponsible roommates, deadbeats is yet another. Because of the excessive red tape from government regulations that have strangled society since the days Levittown, PA was built, people must often go through timely and expensive hoops to get a place.      

To overcome obstacles the homeless have to hurdle, the homeless need to know first that they matter and that people have faith that they can move forward.  The mainstream mantra, which by the way voted for Shrillery Clinton, subtly views the homeless as being in a caste system, where they are stuck in their situation. A few years ago, I emailed a Bucks County commissioner to propose an initiative to dedicate county land to build a homeless village, where there are rules, supervision, management – where the homeless help build and manage the community the way any other place would be run – like Dignity Village in Oregon.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dignity_Village 

To help people better understand the homeless and to shed light on the homeless, focusing on Bucks County, PA, I published a book “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless,” based on my interaction with the local homeless and on research: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

Homeless Population Increasing in Bucks County?

Homeless people are to be seen and not heard.  I mean the saying is “children are to be seen and not heard.”  Actually, according to a source in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the homeless population in Bucks County, PA is shrinking, but many are not seen. The question arises about the official homeless count. Do the homeless count? Evidently, they don’t, as many out there are MIA! 

Another source in the article said that the homeless population in Bucks is growing. “I see a lot of new faces”, the source said.  

I’ve been hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County and going to the shared meals, off and on, since early spring, 2014. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces as well as some of the old. The homeless population in Bucks is growing! Churches that host the shared meals have been just keeping up with all the guests that attend the meals. Although the meals are often packed, the churches have been able to provide food for their guests, for which I am grateful and I give them credit. 

The churches also offer spiritual food for their guests. And guests meet friends at the meal and offer one another comfort and spiritual food, as iron sharpens iron. 

There are many reasons people become homeless. One is the excessive regulations – the hoops those seeking an apartment or a house need to go through. This is a symptom of progressive policies, which started with President FDR, who, along with President Herbert Hoover, fostered massive homelessness with their progressive, big government, tax and spend socialist policies.  As the late, great radio talk show host Tom Marr said, “where there is liberal rule, there is more crime and poverty.” 

Today, in Pennsylvania, tax and spend progressives hurt the economy, and increase homelessness. After bamboozling the public to vote him into office, Pennsylvania Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned new drilling for natural gas, which is clean, on state land, allegedly to protect the environment. In reality, it was just an initiative to kowtow to the pseudo environmentalists’ special interests. This hurts industry, jobs but also robs the state of royalties that would go into state coffers. 

Instead of getting state funds through land use leases, Big Bad is raising taxes on gasoline, which hurts the overall economy and individual economies, as people have to pay more for gas!  In fact, as a headline on LevittownNow.com reads: PA Ranks The Highest For State Imposed Gas Taxes.   

http://levittownnow.com/2019/04/08/pa-ranks-the-highest-for-state-imposed-gas-taxes/?fbclid=IwAR1lAcP4Gun_mH-fUneyoLf43wvob4Q4mUbmhNhmTJNsMinw6gBbWn-YKi8 

How, liberal, progressive policies exacerbate homelessness is one subject I get into in my recently published book: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless.”   

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

No Excuse For Selfishness!

One of the guests, known as Piglet, at the meals for the homeless and needy Tuesday night in Bucks County, PA took up three chairs – one for her and two for her stuff. It was crowded, as is the case with the growing homeless population in Bucks, and seating was tight. When a woman confronted Piglet about taking up extra spaces, she explained she needed to because she is 59 years old.  “I am 89 years old,” the woman retorted, and told her to move her baggage off the two chairs. 

Piglet is one of a few rogue guests who frequent to homeless/needy meals who have been competing for the Noble Savage of 2019 award. These rogues, by the way, are not homeless. They have been hogging space and purloining items that the homeless need more than they do. One thing Piglet is famous for is jumping in line, making sure she is first in line, telling people she has to catch a bus (as though nobody else has places they have to go).   

Another competitor for the Noble Savage award is Morticia Addams, who is famous for pulling tricks to abscond with great amounts of items such as sodas. On Tuesday, when I went to get sodas for myself and folks at my table early in the meal, none were left!  Morticia’s husband Gomer is said to be her accomplice. At Tuesday’s meal, one of the host told her to limit what she took of certain items. Gomer demanded the host apologize to his wife! Really? The perpetrator owes the homeless and other folks who attend the meals an apology! Morticia adams origional.jpg

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Morticia_adams_origional.jpg

One competitor for the Noble Savage award, who came under serious competition from other savages was said to really go over the top late in the week prior to Tuesday’s meal. The meal runs from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.   Birdman arrived at the meal at 6:55. One soda was left. But he demanded the host bring him another soda. To top that, he demanded the host make a fresh pot of coffee, five minutes before the meal was over!   

The majority of people who frequent the meals act civilized.  It’s some of the non-homeless but needy that have been acting selfishly, rudely, at the meals, callous in regards to the needs of others.  In contrast, on one occasion recently, one guest gave some cereal the host gave her and her boyfriend to someone with children, who needed the food more than they did. This is how we should treat others! We should practice acts of kindness and selflessness! 

People who attend the meals, who are in similar circumstances, don’t act the same. Your circumstances don’t define who you are. I address this in regards to the homeless in my book: 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

Philippians 2:2-8 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death- even death on a cross!