All The King’s Horses

I look around and see people destroying themselves with drugs and booze, fighting with one another, trying to get over on one another, stealing from others, especially the weak. I’ve witnessed the callous treatment of the homeless in Bucks County PA. To quote Bob Dylan “Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is

Do you, Mr. Jones?”

The government of Bucks County, PA has been creating imperious rules in order to coral the homeless and fence them out. In the complex in Levittown that houses the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the public library and the municipal building, draconian visiting restrictions were posted because some people were not being discreet about using the area. They were putting up more and more tents and leaving them up during the day, were not disposing of trash property, were drinking and using drugs and doing other things to attract attention.

And as I pointed out in previous blogs, most of the problems in lower Bucks County is a result of the mushroom cloud of recovery houses, from which Frankenstein monsters are unleashed on the public.

Some of the homeless who camped out simply because they had nowhere else to go respected the area and were discreet, yet they were pushed out.

A law was recently passed in Indianapolis, Indiana that prohibits authorities from evicting the homeless from public places until they have an alternative place for the homeless to go. In Bucks County, officials put up a smoke screen – a phone number for housing assistance. Call that number and you’ll find there’s no room in the Inn.

There is a possibility – if you are willing to be Shanghaied by the opportunistic mental health hustlers – the Werewolves of Penndel (howl-ewe, howl-ewe…).

I saw Alan Johnson with a clipboard in his hand

Howl-ewe, howl-ewe

Going to the Veteran’s Memorial being a pain

Howl-ewe Werewolves of Penndel

Better not be taken in

By his welcome grin

You don’t want to be shanghaied by that sailor

Howl-ewe Werewolves of Penndel

I saw Chris Cramp at a homeless and needy meal

His lair trap was perfect

Howl-ewe

I talked with Alan Johnson at the library

He played let’s make a deal – lie for me

Howl-ewe, howl-ewe…

People keep telling me that Penndel Mental Health Center does not help them. In fact, the legal dope pushers make people worse. This has been my experience when I, out of desperation, and after listening to the bad advice from the local Salvation Army, went there for anxiety and depression.

All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put broken people back together again.

Only God can.

What drives the establishment’s policy towards the homeless is the culture – a godless culture, a culture of death, where judgmentalism and other non-Christian values reign and compassion and other Christian values are lacking. The church, Christians need to influence the culture by stepping up and putting their faith into action.

When the culture changes, policy will follow.

The church has been reaching out to the homeless and has been showing compassion. They’ve help with their physical needs and have accepted the homeless unconditionally and have shown they care. The problem in our country is that the government, with it’s welfare and other programs, driven by self interest and worldly motives, has usurped the church’s mission. We need to push the government aside, the way Bucks County is pushing out the homeless, and become that beacon on the hill, shining the light of truth on the world.

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

-2nd Corinthians 5:20

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.