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 

Through the Looking Glass

“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.

http://articles.philly.com/2012-05-02/news/31519830_1_homeless-tent-city-homeless-count-homeless-enclave 

It’s like we’re with Alice in lower Bucks County, PA, going through the looking glass into a bizarre, backwards world, where the Queen makes up rules as she goes along.

Druggies from all over the country have headed to Levittown, PA and vicinity, their mecca, where they find recovery houses, services, and drugs. Except for a rare  few, the druggies are not being cured and are bringing crime to the community, lowering property values, and clogging up housing which could be used for people who didn’t make the decision to engage in this destructive behavior.

Yesterday I got into a conversation with someone who had been in the emergency shelter and struggled to find a place for her and her family. She said that the recovery houses keep the homes in Levittown from being vacant – that they are being used. How about the innocent homeless? People with limited funds who are homeless mainly because they are out of work.

A deal could be worked out with these people, who are like normal residents, where they could use their time to fix up and maintain the houses, in the tradition of the Homestead Act of 1862. Unlike the druggies, the only difference between these homeless and the rest of the community is that they are low on funds and are struggling to find a place to live.

Why is it that the druggies are mollycoddled while the other homeless who didn’t engage in drug or alcohol abuse have to run Helter-Skelter for shelter?  Hummmmm…?

Because of the druggies – and drunks – there is a months long waiting list to even get into the emergency shelter in Levittown. As is often the case with the recovery houses, druggies and drunks have been using the shelter for a flophouse. I just learned that a drunk who was out of the community, living somewhere, is back in the shelter. I think this is at least the second or third time within about two years.

Holy revolving door, Batman!

August, 2014, I emailed Bucks County Commissioner Diane M Ellis-Marseglia and offered some ideas about how to resolve the homeless problem, which has plagued the county  since the late 80s. One idea is to set aside county land that is trucked away and use it for official homeless camping areas, the same way you would open land for tent and cabin camping.

The commissioner’s response: “That will not happen because there is too much liability. 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 the idea is that the homeless will just wait a year or two, which it takes to get county assisted housing, before getting a place to live. What do the homeless do in the meantime? What they’ve been doing, living in cars, sleeping on the pavement with sleeping bags, in the woods…

In an earlier email, Commissioner Marseglia said that people don’t want their taxes increased to help the homeless, but she pushed the idea of more mental health facilities and added to vote for people who will help the homeless. Just like the Queen in Alice in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll may have been watching Bucks County  today when he wrote the story.

Recently, a homeless woman told me that she is offended at the idea that all homeless people have mental or drug problems. This is why various entities circulate data that fudges the facts in order to achieve a desired conclusion, much like the way the lie about human caused global warming and ozone depletion is made. The only thing this is consistent with is the bizarre, backwards world of Wonderland.

Based on the mental health hustlers aggressive canvassing, there seems to be plenty of room in the Inn at the nuthouses.

There is indeed an epidemic of drug abuse and other problems in our country today. Today’s society is getting curiouser and curiouser, to quote Alice. We didn’t have this social epidemic during the Eisenhower 50’s.

When I was in elementary school the Bible was still being read. We didn’t have school shootings back then. Cause and effect? You read my blogs; you’re smart. You can figure it out.

Here’s a link that addresses the Bible’s influence on society:  http://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-influence.html