Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor

Officials in Bucks County, Pennsylvania recognized in the late 80’s that the homeless problem was not restricted to Philadelphia but has fanned out to Bucks County.  Today, especially in Lower Bucks County, the homeless problem has mushroomed. So much so that the only shelter, in Levittown, PA, has months long wait to get in.  This shelter is temporary, and there’s a one to two year wait to get permanent county housing in Bucks.

Consequently, many people end up sleeping on sidewalks, their cars, and in tents.

In Bucks County there is more vacant property than there is more vacant property than homeless people. Caring people have tried to put these two together. For some reason, when people explored the idea of matching vacant property with the county’s homeless, they were stonewalled. One excuse or the other.  Liability…

To help the homeless, Austin Texas created a 27 acre village.

How does it help? Father Nathan Monk explains:

“Actually, 44% of the homeless are employed. There are many others of the 56% who bring in some income due to retirement, disability, etc. The particular units were designed to deal with the single chronic population, meaning individuals who have been homeless for a year or more. It doesn’t mean they can’t afford anything, it just means they can’t afford to pay the average rent. Yes, there is Section 8 Housing and that does meet a certain need, these tiny homes meet another need. I don’t know all the ins and outs of this particular program, but I’m certain that there are also ways to accommodate those who can’t afford this particular rent. I think the overall point of this meme is to show how cheap tiny house living can be and that it is a uniquely viable option for addressing chronic homelessness.”

The homeless village fills in the gaps for people who can’t afford a home. Here human ingenuity is able to meet a humanitarian need. People whose only problem is that they can’t afford housing can have a place to call home.

Similarily, Bill Levitt met the need for housing in the New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey tri state area back in the 1950’s. People who normally couldn’t afford a house could buy homes. Veterans returning from the Korean war needed a place to stay, as did others. Many people from the city moved out of apartments into Levittown homes.

Despite Bucks County historically stonewalling efforts to create more shelter for the homeless, there are people out there who are brainstorming ideas. There are some businessmen and others with the skills and heart to address the homeless problem in Bucks. We need to come together to find a solution to the homeless problems the way they did in other areas.

As is the case in Austin, Texas, there are many people in Bucks County, PA who can’t afford the market price for housing, and need a place they can afford to move into. Levittown targeted a lower middle class market. The economy is not as sound as it was in the 50’s. There is more unemployment and underemployment as our country has become an Obama Nation.

To meet this challenge, a friend and I have formulated a plan to meet housing needs in Bucks County.  We have to overcome obstacles. One of them is hobophobia, which, for those of you in Doylestown, according to the Urban Dictionary is “The extreme and utter fear of hobos, or the homeless.”

For sure, there are thieves, druggies and panhandlers (mostly the druggies), drunks, nutcases, violent people and general troublemakers among the homeless population. But many homeless people are that way because of income. They may have lost their job suffered from a house fire or other tragedy and just can’t afford housing.

Here’s a report on the organization we’re starting, Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless: 

We hope to work with others in the community to improve the lot of the homeless in Bucks County, PA.

Where Have All The Homeless Gone?

The homeless have been cleared out of the woods near the public library in Levittown, PA.  Some of them got to where they needed to go — in one case, because of an overdose. In another the result of a Bucks County Ranger convincing a guy with a drinking problem to go to a place where he can get help.

I visited my homeless friend there and attended the orientation. I think this place will work, unlike Penndel Mental Health Center, whose snake oil salesmen round up the homeless as patients by hook or crook and rely heavily on drugs and psychobabble. At the orientation, the director said that God is an addict’s ultimate hope.

Except for a few instances, the woods were cleared out Roundup style, which kills everything — the weeds and the grass.

There is still the matter of where the guy will go to lead an independent, productive, healthy life after he’s done the program.

The ranger who sent the guy in the right direction was part of a team of people who had tirelessly ministered to him. This is how we need to deal with the homeless problem in Bucks County, PA.  People in the community need to develop relationships with the homeless, working with them for their betterment of the community to lend a hand up to help themselves, rather than using the one-size-fits all Roundup approach, treating all homeless like weeds.

Although some of the homeless, as is the case in any population, are problematic, especially the druggies, they are all human, fallen creatures like the rest of us but made in the image of God.

It’s good that the homeless guy in this case, with a little help from his friends, was able to find a good place, at least for the time being. For all the homeless there needs to be a place they can call home.

Some homeless only need a place to stay.

“If I did drugs, I could find a place. If I was an alcoholic, I could find a place. If you’re just on hard times, there’s nowhere to go.” said a homeless man about to be evicted from an encampment.

The so called “opportunities” section of the eviction notices posted in the woods is a bridge to nowhere.  One homeless guy told me he called all the numbers, and the best opportunity he found was they “could not do anything for him unless he had children. A friend with lung cancer I’m taking care of and I have been on shelter lists for months.  Fortunately, we’ve found an adequate place to stay, at least temporarily.

Not everybody is able to do this.

Bucks County has known about the homeless problem in Bucks since the late 80’s. People have been trying to match vacant property, which is greater than the homeless population, with people needing housing for some time. I emailed a county commissioner with the idea of designating some unused county land for the homeless, but the response was this would jeopardize their opportunities for the so-called opportunities listed on the eviction notice.

This situation reminds me of the Ronald Reagan joke: A shopkeeper asked a woman who was getting married for the third time why she would wear white. The woman explained that right after the first wedding, the groom had a heart attack. After her second wedding she had an argument with the groom and the wedding was annulled. The third time she married a Democrat. He just sat on the edge of the bed for four years and told her how good it would be.

Talk is cheap.

The Bucks County Rangers have a tough job. They are caught in the middle. The Bucks County Commissioners and other politicians, unlike the Rangers who have to go out and face the people who camp on public lands because they have no place else to go, are out of touch with the homeless.  Evidently, to them, the homeless are just weeds that need to be removed, wanting to have a manicured suburban lawn complete with the personal peace and prosperity including a white picket fence.

The ranger who convinced the homeless man to get the help he needs is a step in the right direction.

At the guy’s orientation, the director said he knew the guy who runs the local 12 Step Program, which my friend said he wants to attend.

It’s a step in the right direction. 

Where have all the Homeless gone?

The bigger question is where will they go?


Holding People Accountable

A major problem with helping the homeless is the perception the public has of them — that they are useless, violent drunks, druggies, aggressive panhandlers, shiftless bums, etc.

Last night, a certain homeless individual was drunk and disorderly at a community meal in lower Bucks County, PA.  When some other guests and I were having a conversation, he verbally assaulted, cursed out, and physically threatened to attack someone holding the conversation.  He had to be restrained, verbally and physically from attacking the victim just because he didn’t like the idea that the guy likes to drop in on court cases to learn something about the law.

Contributions to homeless stereotypes are not tax deductible!

The whole time, the victim remained cool and calm, remaining in his seat.

The police came.  The assailant, a de facto Pope, who believes his actions cannot be questioned, was interviewed in a distant part of the dining room.  After he was interviewed, an officer talked with the victim, who remained in his seat.  Although he did nothing wrong, the officer asked the victim to leave right after the interview.  The officer explained it was the host’s request.

“The Pope” did the same thing to me at a community meal some time ago to me.  When he staggered into the dining area, he almost tripped over himself.  For no reason, he threatened me.  As I walked towards the restroom, he followed me.  I spun around and went into a defensive position.  Before long, one of the hosts got between us and separated us.

The host thanked me for “remaining calm” and helping to diffuse the problem, adding that we were in a place of peace.

Nobody thanked the victim last night for exercising self control and doing what he can to prevent a fight.  Instead, he was treated like he was guilty.  Holy moral equivalence, Batman! 

Last night, the victim was verbally and almost physically assaulted, the same way a man comes home drunk and verbally and physically assaults his wife.  The man assaulting his wife is called “domestic violence”.  What do you call this?  “Homeless acting like the homeless?”  I don’t call it that.

Homelessness is tough!  But it is no excuse for bad behavior.  Everybody else at the dinner remained civil, except for this virtual Pope and Dave, one of the bus drivers from the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN).  Dave told the victim that he wasn’t allowed on the bus.   Then the victim pointed out that he did nothing wrong and questioned this.   Dave became hostile.  He made a blanket statement to the victim about the people he served being ungrateful…

At one point I said “moral equivalence.”

Dave seems to suffer from the epidemic of “group think” in Bucks County.  Actually, I think he took off the mask that, except for some volunteers, exposes what AHTN really thinks of the homeless. AHTN promoted a “public service” video to allegedly help the homeless, which in reality perpetuates stereotypes about the homeless.  AHTN also kowtowed to the head Levittown librarian when she had the bus shelter and bus stop outside the library removed after certain individuals had a fight there and after two people did something obscene thereThe individuals in the fight were banned from the library but the couple doing something nasty were not punished, as one of them was an AHTN volunteer’s pet.

Like King Lear, who sucked up his evil two evil daughter’s servile flattery but dismissed his other daughter’s honest, good appraisal, AHTN subtly treats the homeless as unaccountable victims.  As Curly on the Three Stooges would say “I’m a victim of circumstances.”

The homeless have been known to discuss Shakespeare when they get together.

AHTN touts how much they care about the homeless, but, except for some volunteers, does not respect them.  They didn’t even want them around during that video shoot about the homeless.  They left the pizza at a place the homeless would not be during a night there wasn’t a community meal, and the film crew passed by the real homeless people like they were statues.

People need to hear what they need to hear, not what they want to hear.

Last night at the dinner, the victim was analyzing problems with the homeless finding shelter and how the homeless could prevent problems.  I’ve been chastised for offering constructive criticism on how the homeless can help themselves.

A homeless friend once told me that if you drink or do drugs, you are not going to make it through homelessness.

People need to be accountable for their behavior and people need to be judged as individuals.  Judge a person by the content of his character, not by the place where they live, how much money they have or how they dress.

The content a person’s character is the criteria we who are trying to find shelter for the homeless plan to use to determine who will get into the shelters.  We plan to have the homeless develop property we acquire.  Our policy will be “no drunks, no druggies, no thieves or other criminals, no violent people, no trouble makers” and no smoking in the buildings.

We are working on acquiring the Head Start property in Bristol Township, PA, which has been abandoned for 1 and 1/2 years, just waiting for someone to live in.  It just needs a little fixing up, much of which the homeless can do.

Reach Out and Touch Someone

Just saying hello to a homeless person can mean a lot .  Loneliness can be a homeless person’s best friend, and as a group the homeless need to know that they are human.

In her column, Attitudes towards the Homeless Affect us All, Hailey Yook relates how the homeless who are regularly seen on the Berkeley University campus, where tolerance and open mindedness are preached, are treated — very poorly. 

A little more than a year ago, I started hanging out with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA.  I heard their stories, have helped them move their campsites after they were evicted, and have broken bread with them, mainly at the community meals which they told me about.

There were and are people who have done more than just greet the homeless here in Bucks County. They have sat down with them and have gotten to know them and established relationship with them.  There was an advocate who regularly visited the homeless who hung out at the Levittown Public Library and the nearby Veteran’s Memorial. She not only helped them with material needs, but also ministered to them by comforting them in their trails.

The hosts at the community meals for the homeless and needy have also reached out to the homeless.  The hosts and their regular guests know one another by name.

What the community meals are not:  When those in need come to one of the churches for a meal, they are not treated the way Jeff Dunham’s Walter would act as a greeter at Walmart:  “Welcome to Walmart; get your sh** and get out!”

The hosts at these meals for the homeless and needy don’t just put food out and stand at a distance. They listen to their stories and try to help them resolve problems and generally make the homeless feel at home.  At my last community meal, on Sunday afternoon, some of the hosts prayed with their guests.  One of them sat at a table with their guests for more than ½ hour, helping them sort things out and generally conversing with them.

The homeless need understanding and compassion, not judgmentalism.  People have become that way because of economics or because of addictions and other bad decisions or a combination of the two. In either case, the homeless should not be written off, condemned.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and people with major attitude problems.  Just being homeless, however, one can develop a bad attitude.

Treating the homeless like lepers is wrong and does not help the situation.

James 2:1-4
“My brothers, show no partiality as you adhere to the faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ.  For if a man with gold rings on his fingers and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and a poor person in shabby clothes also comes in, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Sit here, please,’ while you say to the poor one, ‘Stand there,’ or ‘Sit at my feet,’ have you not made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil designs?”

Like the rest of us, they need God.  As Christians, we are commanded to show other’s God’s love.

2 Corinthians 5:20-21 

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 

Something is Happening and You Don’t Know What it Is

It’s been said to not judge people until you’ve walked in their shoes.

A little more than a year ago, I discovered that there were homeless people in Lower Bucks County, PA.  The only real experience with the homeless was in Philadelphia, when my daughter and I took the train and walked to a school in the city where she was part of a play.

People were laying on grates, wrapped in blankets, and we had to walk around them.  I didn’t like this scene and had mixed feelings about them.  I was bothered but also felt bad for these people.  It was not a scene I came across in the suburbs.  Like Bob Dylan’s Mr. Jones, something was happening and I didn’t know what it was.

Fast forward to Levittown, PA several years later.  I had lost my job and things started going away, like the woman in a episode in The Twilight Zone.  Each time she missed a credit card payment, something disappeared — first her cat, then her dog, then her kids, then her husband and finally her car and house.

After I lost my Internet, I used the Wi-Fi and the Levittown Public Library, where I started associating with homeless people.  They weren’t laying on grates, but used the library like everyone else and I had conversations with them at the Veteran’s Memorial near the library and soon became part of the group.

I became homeless.  

I became that way because I lost my job, which was partially my fault.  I had also made some wrong decisions and continued in my ways, despite loving admonishments from a pastor, friends, and even my daughter.  I didn’t need any help; I was in denial.

At one point before becoming homeless I had to scramble to find food.  I went to the food  pantry at the Salvation Army.  Then I discovered the community meals that the homeless invited me to.

Like others, I lost what I had because of a job loss and my bad decisions and attitude. I became despondent and fell into an emotional pit.

I was lost and needed someone to talk to.  I reached out and people helped me.  They were not judgemental but pointed me in the right direction  — to God.  I needed to change my ways and obey God, which I started doing.

In the local homeless community there are fallen people who, like myself, have become despondent.  Also like myself, some of my brothers and sisters have problems, including addictions.  An advocate from Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), who has moved away, has ministered to people to try to set them on the right path.

I’ve gotten frustrated at people who continue in their destructive ways.  But it took me quite awhile to come around, despite people doggedly trying to help me.  I’m no different from them.  I realize that I should love the sinner but hate the sin, and not judge, lest ye be judged.

The homeless need understanding and compassion, not judgementalism.  People have become that way because of economics or because of addictions and other bad decisions or a combination of the two. In either case, the homeless should not be written off, condemned.

Not all homeless people are drunks, druggies, and people with major attitude problems.  Just being homeless, however, one can develop a bad attitude.  I’ve been frustrated and have felt anger and other negative emotions and got an attitude.  I put these in check, turning this over to God, our only hope.

Treating the homeless like lepers is wrong and does not help the situation.

In her column, Attitudes towards the Homeless Affect us All, Hailey Yook relates how the homeless who are regularly seen on the Berkeley University campus, where tolerance and open mindedness are preached, are treated — very poorly.

In Bucks County, PA there are stereotypes about the homeless.  There are judgmental people who want the homeless removed from the public library in Levittown and from the nearby Veteran’s Memorial.  People need to know who the homeless really are.

A “public service announcement” video, sponsored by AHTN that was shot recently at the Veteran’s memorial and other nearby locations, instead of getting the word out and having a sober, balanced, look about  who the homeless really are, it perpetuated stereotypes, which hurts the homeless.  Except for one real homeless person the film crew talked with, whom they cherry picked to show stereotypes, the crew didn’t talk to real homeless people to get a true picture of them.  In fact, they walked right by them as if they were mannequins.

The video hurts the homeless because it depicts them as helpless people with addictions who cannot be self sufficient.

The homeless have intrinsic value.  They should not be callously pushed aside, as was the case one winter when a homeless woman with COPD wanted to stay warm in the WIC office in the municipal building  for a short time before the nearby library opened.  She had nowhere to else to go.  The government parasites gave her some cock-in-bull reason that she couldn’t stay because there was nobody waiting for their services, although this public building was open.

And there is help for the homeless.  With understanding and compassion we can help relieve the suffering of the homeless and give them hope.

What is “Is” and What is a Public Library?

Kowtowing to the special interests, the head librarian at the Levittown public library in Levittown, PA has been using devious means to keep the homeless out of the library.  Not just particular homeless individuals who create problems, but all the homeless.

I got word that people have complained that the homeless are dirty, spread food on the tables in the library, are unkempt, etc.  This is not true!  The homeless take showers at the local YMCA, etc. and don’t come into the library in ragged, dirty clothes.  And if some homeless people put food out on the table, then just tell them not to do it.  Is all this grounds to keep the homeless out of the library?

Many of the librarians and the homeless know one another by name, and are friendly with one another.  On one occasion, when a homeless person was in the hospital, some of the librarians sent a card.

The problem is Pat, the head librarian, and the Bucks County Government that kowtows to the judgmental, self-righteous ninnies who, along with Pat, think they own the library.

The guard who works out of the municipal building near the Veterans Memorial, where the homeless hang out, who is prodded by the special interests, occasionally makes excuses to shoo the homeless from the memorial.

In one instance, the guard told the homeless  that some people who want to visit the memorial feel uncomfortable with them being there and are reluctant to approach it.  On more than one occasion he told the homeless they need to stay away from the memorial when the county commissioners plan to visit.  Really?

A friend of mine overheard an official ask the group at a meeting in the library what they are going to do about the homeless making the library their hangout.  “Pat’s taking care of that,” he responded.  My friend told me that people in the meeting looked out at him and gave him a smirky smile.  Evidently, they knew he was among those who are challenging discrimination against the homeless at the Levittown Public Library.

There are certain people, who are not homeless, who have been interfering with other library users rights to have reasonably  quiet environment in the library.  The librarian routinely ignores this.  On several occasions, the head librarian walked close to where people’s brats were making an inordinate amount of noise and was oblivious to it.  She just walked away while kids were screaming, as if she were deaf.   These intrusive, rude, selfish, unruly people don’t discipline the kids they bring with them, completely unconcerned that they are disturbing other users who are trying to concentrate.

These barbarians evidently don’t teach the kids with them the difference between and indoor voice and an outdoor voice.  In a library, even an indoor voice should be used sparingly.

The head librarian certainly wasn’t deaf when on one occasion (one of many examples), when I was talking on the cell phone in the official cell phone area.  I had gotten annoyed when I was put on hold a long time and uttered, in a slightly more than normal volume, two words — “come on”.  Pat confronted me and sternly told me I have to keep the noise down in the library.

You would think the library was a playground.  Well, it is a de facto playground for those special privileged characters whom Pat selectively allows to make incessant noise.

Like Captain Queeg in The Cain Mutiny, because of erratic behavior, which includes fumbling with steel balls,  Pat needs to be relieved of duty.  Although I haven’t seen her playing with steel balls, there was one occasion when, as I was quietly talking to a homeless man for a minute, Pat suddenly burst out of the office and exclaimed “this conversation is getting heated; you better do something…”

About 15 minutes before closing, the library violently flickers the lights, which could trigger an epileptic fit.

After there was an altercation at the bus stop where the homeless are picked up to go to community meals, Pat, et al had the bus shelter removed and had a sign placed on an end of the remaining concrete foundation “Emergency Assembly Area.”

We are talking about a public library, not a private playground or studio, where kids run and scream and where organized, loud children’s events are held at the expense of patrons who want to use the library for its intended use: reading and using the computer and other quiet time activities.

And the library is public, which means, for you in Doylestown, that it is for everybody, and civil rules should be enforced evenhandedly.

Liberals are Part of the Homeless Problem

You can either be part of the problem, or part of the solution.  Liberals in Bucks County, including those who have infested the Advocates for the Homeless and Those in Need, are a part of the problem.

The recent sham, “AHTN Public Service Announcement Video Shoot” is an endorsement of the negative stereotypes the public has against the homeless.  The public service announcement announces that the homeless are basically people overcome with problems such as addictions and that they can’t manage their own affairs.

Certainly, there are druggies and drunks, wackos and people who can become violent, especially when under the influence of alcohol, but so are members of the general population.  From what I’ve learned of this so called public service announcement,  it only shows one aspect of the homeless population.  It is myopic and perpetuates the misunderstanding that causes hobophobia.  This translates into public policy that treats the homeless like second class citizens who can’t manage their own affairs.

When I ran the idea the nascent non profit I publicize for has — to acquire land and let the homeless develop and take charge of property in the tradition of the Homestead Act of 1862, AHTN responded that developing more much needed shelter for the homeless is insurmountable because a shelter would have to be manned 24/7.  I answered that my partner, Adam, and I don’t plan to run a babysitting service; we just want to help people find a place to live.

Babysitting is the way liberals view the homeless, as they do the rest of us not in their circle.  Like first Lady Michelle Obama’s mandated lunch menus, they think we can’t decide for ourselves what’s best for us.  That’s the job of the elites.  A liberal Democrat once told then Senator Phil Graham that he cares for his kin.  Senator Graham answered “oh yea, what are their names?”

The point is that liberals think they know people, but they really don’t.  This is the way the homeless are viewed in Bucks County.

During the shooting of the homeless video, the people associated with the filming walked past the real homeless people like they were mannequins at the Veterans Memorial just outside the Levittown Public Library, one of the locations the video was shot.  Evidently, they didn’t want to tell it like it is, but just took liberties to portray their jaundiced view of the homeless, like the fractured fairy tales on the old Bullwinkle and Rocky show.

The video shoot is an example of the way the homeless are used by others to elicit the homeless’s praise for them, as if they were Santa Clause.  The homeless are the liberal’s pets, and they give them treats to keep them in line, much like the way LBJ treated blacks during the alleged Great Society of the mid 60’s.

Recently, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson brought LJB’s attitude towards his race up, in response to criticism.

Here’s what liberal LBJ thinks of blacks, out of his own mouth:

Lyndon Johnson remarking on civil rights in 1957:

“These Negroes, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Like LBJ’s attitude towards blacks back then, today’s liberals just want to give the homeless things to give the public the impression that they are on their side.  Like LBJ, they don’t want to make the homeless equal, as was done during reconstruction in the south, but just keep them in their place.

It’s partly the fault of liberals, aka progressives, that people today are homeless.  See my blog on FIGHT HOMELESSNESS DON’T VOTE FOR PROGRESSIVES.

Rampant homelessness is one of the things we’ve progressed to.

Homeless Dog is Related to Mr. Peabody

I just did a genealogy search and have found that Mr. Peabody, the genius dog who appeared on  the animated television show Rocky and Friends in the late 50’s and early 60’s, was my great grandfather.

Yes, me, Homeless Dog, related to that brainy nerd dog.  So that’s where my insight into human behavior that helps me ghostwrite blogs comes from!

I expect to claim the WABAC Time Machine that my great grandfather gave to his adopted son Sherman as soon as I can get to the lawyer’s office to sign the documents for my inheritance.

I can’t wait to start using my WABAC machine to help me with blogging.

Meanwhile, keep in mind the raison d’etre for these Facebook posts and blogs:

For those of you in Doylestown, PA, raison d’etre in this case means: “reason or justification for existence”.

Stay tuned for more blogs from me,  Homeless Dog.  I am psyched!

Emergency Assembly Area

At the public library in Levittown, PA, the spot where the bus shelter where the homeless waited for a ride to go to community meals and other places was removed.  Now just a concrete slab, a sign “emergency assembly area” was erected.

There are different kinds of emergencies.  I’m not sure what kind of emergency this concrete slap is for.  I think a tornado, hurricane, flood, volcano, cyclone, tsunami, and brush fires can be ruled out off the bat.

It was in this area where there was an altercation between homeless people.  It was caught on camera at that spot, so maybe the emergency could be the homeless people getting restless and attacking, maybe the people outside their circle who visit the library.  They have been too preoccupied fighting among themselves, but should there be a detente, they could easily conspire against us, and we need to be prepared.

There’s been a grave concern about the homeless people lurking at the Veteran’s memorial.  The security guy from the nearby municipal building, perhaps under pressure from people in that building  or from visitors to the area who don’t know the folks who socialize at the memorial who are homeless phobic, has been periodically discouraging them from staying very long there during business hours.   He has told them that people feel uncomfortable about visiting the memorial with them there.

For public safety, and the public’s welfare, the emergency assembly area is a place where people can go if the homeless suddenly go on the attack.  Like aliens from outer space, we don’t know much about their kind, and a contingency plan is in order.  For all we know, the former bus stop may have been the place where these people, possibly aliens from space, were beamed aboard.  If more of them come, we’ll be ready for them!

Someone may have forgotten to add the “51” to Emergency Assembly Area 51.

Maybe we’re supposed to assemble the homeless in this area and figure a way to send them back to their planet.

There is a story found in the Levittown library archives about how the homeless came to the library.  An alien spaceship on its way to Roswell, New Mexico got off course and landed on the roof of the library.  It deposited liquid eggs that oozed through the cracks in the roof and seeped into books lying on the shelves.

The eggs hatched and the bookworms found their way out of the library into the surrounding area.  They became the homeless, for whom the library is their nesting place, their home.

From the emergency assembly area, we can watch the homeless at the memorial from a distance.  The librarian will sound the emergency alarm when she senses an emergency.  She’s already had at least one false alarm.  On one occasion when two homeless people were briefly  talking quietly just outside her office, the librarian burst out of her office and stammered “this conversation is getting heated; you better read a book or something!”

Holy Don Quixote, batman!

The emergency assembly area is there for any contingencies, whether real or imagined.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,  Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” Hamlet Act 1, scene 5, 159–167

Remember, the Bookworm was one of Batman’s enemies!  Now there are scads of them!

We Are All Homeless

It takes more than a house to make a home.  It takes love and concern for other family members to  this.

The nuclear family in this country has all but disappeared.  A songwriter asked:

Where have all the flowers gone?

Long time passing…

I ask:

Where has the nuclear family gone?

Long time passing

Where has the nuclear family gone?

Long, long time ago

The mothers have all joined women’s lib

The kids are all preoccupied with electronic toys

The fathers are chasing their success and sports (and women)

And the most important thing is things

Parents shake their heads when kids run away

Or when they go on drugs or alcohol

When will they ever learn?

When will they ever learn?

There’s a painting in the Philadelphia Museum of Art which I call The Fractured Family. The mother, the father, and the child are isolated in different planes (I’m about to leave on a jet one), as are other attachments, such as the school and the playground.  This is not the nuclear family.  Something went wrong along the way.

The nuclear family exploded into a mushroom cloud —  into a purple haze, made up of unrecognizable fragments of electrons buzzing around chaotically. Maybe someday we can defragment our dysfunctional society, but in the meantime…

“There’s something happening here, and you don’t know what it is

Do you, Mr. Jones?”, whines Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan sang about the youth who ran away from home looking for better pastures.  He asked:

“How does it feel?

How does it feel?

To be on your own

No direction home

A complete unknown

Like a Rolling Stone”

Dylan was critical about the runaway youth who wandered in the urban wilderness.

Some homeless people in lower Bucks County, PA are not that much different in a sense than the hipsters who aimlessly wandered the streets in places such as Greenwich Village, NY in search of a better life.  And as one homeless person told me “we all have baggage.”

The difference between the hipsters who headed to their Greenwich Village Mecca and the homeless is that the hipsters choose to venture out, on a lark in some cases, to explore an alternative life style.  Although there are homeless who just walked away from life or are out in the street because of an alcohol or drug problem, many of them originally became homeless because of a job loss/home loss or other circumstance beyond their control.

And the homeless are that way, to quote Henry “Frogman” Thomas, because they ain’t got a home.  Otherwise, the homeless face the same vicissitudes of life as the rest of the population.

Back in the Eisenhower 50’s, there was no homeless problem.  The economy was sound.  Families stayed together.  Crime was low.  People were honest and worked hard.  At some point, there was moral decay in our society, which resulted in more poverty and crime.  Divorce rates skyrocketed, etc.

Just before the alleged Great Society of LBJ, the economy, as a result of the culture where the nuclear family thrived, was improving.  Poverty rates declined and the country prospered.  LBJ’s  war on poverty reversed these gains.  This Quixotic president launched an attack on windmills.  In fact, poverty as well as crime increased during this war.  Families were fragmented, as the system rewarded mothers to keep fathers out of the home.  As radio talk show host Tom Marr said “Where you have liberal rule, you have more poverty and crime.”

Today’s homeless problem is the aftermath of a nation in moral decay.  But, like the Phoenix who rises from the ashes, we can restore our nation, and resolve the homeless problem.  There are obstacles along the way, as is depicted in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, but God’s will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

To help the homeless get a home, we at Gimmee Shelter for the Homeless have a plan to foster industry, responsibility and self sufficiency amongst the homeless.

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