Overcoming Obstacles

Funding Woes Hurt Homeless reads a newspaper headline I referenced in recent blogs and argued that the cuts to Bucks County’s useless Mental Health Hustler programs is not what hurts the homeless.

Hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless is the main reason there is not sufficient housing for the homeless in Bucks County, PA. Because of attitude towards the homeless, not only will the county government not adequately provide homeless housing, but it interferes with private efforts to provide homeless housing.

Bucks County should follow the example of Pedro Opeka, who encouraged impoverished people in Madagascar to build good communities from  a dump, where once he taught them, they became educated and also built their own community. They didn’t build their city on rock and roll but by motivation and hard work.

A formerly homeless guy in Bucks County told me he spoke with a businessman who had planned to create housing for the homeless. When the establishment found out the project was for the homeless, it was nixed! I’ve heard from other sources that, although there is more property in Bucks County than homeless people, when caring people tried to make plans to use it for the homeless, they got shut down faster than The Little Old Lady from Pasadena shuts down anyone who races her.

Awhile back, when I asked Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia to consider a plan to create homeless housing on county land, she poo-pooed the idea and said that it would jeopardize county assisted housing opportunities. There is a one to two year wait. My idea, like Priest Pedro’s, is to let the homeless build and maintain the community, as is the case with Dignity Village in Portland, Oregon.

https://dignityvillage.org/

In Bucks County, the consensus is that people, especially the homeless, are not able to do what the villagers did in Madagascar. And as I’ve argued, Bucks County just uses the homeless so it can keep them out of public view as much as possible and put them out to pasture and tap into public funds.

Even the local Salvation Army, the organization which historically has gone against the grain in order to help restore down and out people, goes along with the establishment in order to get along. People’s actions there show that they are hobophobic. The boss, Major (Casper) Milquetoast will not lay down the law. Likewise, for The (alleged) Advocates for The Homeless and Those in need (AHTN),  rules are no rules.

Two homeless people, whom I believe were drunk and I believe took the AHTN bus, went to a recent community meal. They were both loud, especially one of them. When a host on the serving line asked me how I was doing, I responded, “OK. I’m a caregiver and it’s nice to get out once in awhile.” One of them slurred “are you in a tent or a home?” I ignored him. Louder, he repeated the question. “What does it matter?,” I replied. He said that I was in a home and added that he doesn’t like it when someone with a home says he’s going to go out. That whine was totally irrational and uncalled for. Smacks of jealousy and PMS (poor me syndrome). He later got into a loud argument with another guest.

If the jealous tent dweller would get off the bottle, change his attitude and do something more constructive he may get out of his tent. I know of a few homeless people who did! They got a good attitude, didn’t engage in or listen to malicious gossip, went out of their way to find work, and moved on up!

Problem homeless people contribute to homophobia. Unfortunately, people judge all homeless people based on a few rotten apples.

Just as blacks overcame discrimination, oppression during the Jim Crow south, the homeless can overcome prejudice against the homeless and other obstacles.

Excuse making and blame shifting are major reasons the drug abuse epidemic is getting worse. When you see it for what it is, it’s as comical as an episode on the sit com Good Times, when JJ got busted for having a wild party. When confronted, he explained that some people broke into the family apartment “and forced us to party with them.”

“Success is determined not by whether or not you face obstacles, but by your reaction to them. And if you look at these obstacles as a containing fence, they become your excuse for failure. If you look at them as a hurdle, each one strengthens you for the next.”
Ben Carson, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

The doc has the right prescription for overcoming obstacles!

No More Back of The Bus

In Montgomery, Alabama in 1955, it was a crime for a black person not to give up her seat in the back of a bus for a white person. In Bucks County, PA in 2016, it’s a crime for a homeless person who has nowhere to go to sleep on public property.

Both cases are an example of discrimination. Like blacks under Jim Crow, the homeless are treated like second class citizens.

Today’s homeless should learn a lesson on how to best handle hate driven discrimination from Rosa Parks, et al.  Mrs. Parks didn’t burn the bus, but just refused to comply with an outrageous rule. Consequently, she was arrested.

As a result of the arrest, blacks boycotted the buses until the bus company got rid of this discriminatory rule. It was tough; blacks had to walk very far to get where they were going. But it was worth it. It gave the black community hope that they could change the way things were.

And they did!

The homeless in Bucks County have to give up their freedom of choice if they want a place to live. They are constantly driven off of public land, with no place to go. There is a waiting list for the alleged emergency shelters and for housing assistance.

The best chance to get housing is through Bucks County’s Mental Health Hustlers. In exchange for signing up for mental health services and signing off their freedom of choice, like scalpers at a baseball game, the homeless are sold tickets for the Disoriented Express, vouchers paid for by the taxpayers. The cost, at first hidden, is high.

Like the Kanamits in the Twilight Zone episode To Serve Man, who offered earthlings peace and prosperity, only to use them for food, the mental health hustlers offer the homeless a solution to their problem only to exploit them for their own purposes, destroying them with dope and psychobabble. It’s all about the health hustlers.

The massive evictions of homeless people, only to be Shanghaied and taken aboard The Ship of Fools must stop.  The homeless should boycott the mental health industry in Bucks County. Maybe then the county will stop falsely labeling the homeless as nutcases and addicts and will offer them housing first.

Another way to fight discrimination is to behave in an exemplary manner. Much of the discrimination against the homeless is driven by hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless. Drunken brawls and evidence of drug use and other erratic behavior at the Veteran’s Memorial in Levittown, PA, for example, draws negative attention to the homeless. Much of the problem is created by dopers from the local recovery houses, but the homeless are considered guilty by association, even when the drunks and the dopers visit the memorial at different times than do civil people, who happen to be homeless.

Rather than have narrow minded people from the nearby municipal building and vicinity stereotype the homeless when a few individuals act up, the homeless need to show them who they really are. This happened recently when the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans met with the homeless and got a better understanding of who they are.

Instead of telling the authorities they are uncomfortable in coming to the memorial because the homeless are there and want the homeless chased away, people should talk with the homeless and decide for themselves who they really are. As a homeless saying goes, “don’t talk about us; talk with us.”

Take a lesson from Rosa Parks. Don’t lash out in anger, act civilly but stand up for your rights and let the world know who you really are.

“She sat down in order that we all might stand up.”

Et Tu Veterans?

“I understand what their (the county) concerns are, but I really don’t think their dealing with it the right way. I called the phone number on the signs and there is no more room in the shelters,” said Morris Derry, founder of the nonprofit No More Pain Inc.

Morris said this at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Levittown PA yesterday on the eve of the eviction of the homeless there and the surrounding area.  I was shocked to find that the veterans who showed up at the pow wow at the memorial  yesterday complained about the homeless camping at the memorial.

“It’s a total desecration, what’s going on here,” said Joe Hogan, a Vietnam veteran from Bristol Township. “These are local heroes.”

Another vet remarked that having the homeless stay at the memorial is sacrilege, that it is “sacred ground.”

This is the first time I heard a veteran complain about the homeless at the memorial.  A volunteer from the VFW who used to come to the memorial to clean up once said he doesn’t have much to do because the homeless clean up. One guy, who used to live at the memorial, was well received by the local VFW.

There’s  an ex marine officer who on occasion slept at the memorial with the homeless. He didn’t have a problem with the homeless staying there.

As a Vietnam veteran, I don’t have a problem with the homeless staying at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. There are a few individual homeless people who have caused problems at the memorial, but most of the regulars respect it. Many of the problems, however are caused by people from the nearby shelter, which has a cross section of people there, including druggies and drunks. A few also were living in places such as the nearby woods who were drunk and disorderly at the memorial.

The greatest problem at the memorial, the library, and nearby neighborhoods, are the dopers from the local recovery houses.

It was after the infestation of the recovery houses in the area – there are in the neighborhood of 100 just in Levittown – that security cameras were put in the library as was a security guard. The feds have been dumping the recovery houses on the community, causing more crime. Many of these addicts are from out of town.

One of the regular homeless persons who has stayed at the memorial for some time, as reported in LevittownNow.com,  a woman without a permanent residence who has stayed at the memorial, said there have been some transients who have come into the memorial at night and have caused problems. She said the local homeless population has worked to police themselves and  force those who break the law to leave.

The local homeless population could have done a better job of policing themselves. They are, however, up against a mentality that if one or two people cause a problem, the whole group is to blame.  But one day a druggie from one of the numerous local recovery houses pulled an American flag out of the ground that a veterans group had placed at the memorial. A homeless guy called the security guy at the library, who had a rapport with the local homeless and reported the wonton deed. This disrespectful guy had to put the flag back where he found it and was kicked out of the memorial.

Indeed, this is an example of what the homeless woman told Levittownnow.com.  Druggies come by day; many of then are required to leave the recovery homes during the day.  There is no warning like there was for the Colonials, where the signal that the British were coming was one if by land, two if by sea. Maybe a light at the government center could be flashed when the druggies come during the day and two when they come at night.

The county claims the homeless staying at the memorial was a public safety problem. Public information director Chris Edwards contradicts himself. He said there hasn’t been any major problems reported at the memorial, but in the next breath he says the county has to clear the homeless out because of public safety concerns.

The county claims it tried to work on a solution to the homeless problem.  If you call calling the housing number a solution? A year or two wait? Or Alan Johnson and his gang of mental health hustlers trying to Shanghai the homeless so they can get their taxpayer funds? He acts like Aladdin. Instead of giving new lamps for old, he promises housing for turning yourself and your public funds over to the mental health industry.

A homeless person recently told me that these guys don’t really care about the homeless. It seems many people don’t.

The statement in the Courier Times article by Matt Turner, published yesterday “The veterans said the homeless presence discouraged others from going to the memorial and honoring the fallen,” is bogus. No homeless people discouraged others from visiting the memorial. I think this whole thing is a case of hobophobia, the irrational fear of the homeless.  What they did today — actually talking with the homeless — is something that should have been done all along!

A veteran at the meeting came up with good idea – he suggested “working to find a building to help house those without permanent homes.”

This is what I’ve been saying all along.

We need to put the idea of finding a building to help with permanent housing into action. There’s a lot of vacant property in Bucks County. The old Sunbury Farm’s been sitting vacant after being sold then reverted back to Bristol Township for more than a year. That would make a great home for those without a permanent address.  They could do fix up work – it doesn’t need much, maintain and manage it. Just because people are homeless it doesn’t mean they are hopeless!

We need to go beyond talk and actually implement a plan, rather than just pushing people out as if they were rodents.

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…