Are The Homeless Mental?

This is getting curiouser and curiouser, Alice! The riddle: What do mental health programs have to do with finding housing for the homeless? Image result for curiouser and curiouser alice in wonderland

Another program that allegedly helps the homeless loses funding. Now St. Mary Medical Center, which provided about 45 percent of funding for The Advocates for The Homeless and Those in Need (AHTN), stopped funding AHTN.

In May, funding for the Homeless Outreach Support Transition Program (HOST), a product of the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania was eliminated.  According to mental health hustler Keith Smothers, coordinator for the Projects for Assistance in Transitions from Homelessness Program (PATH), defunding HOST can adversely affect his program.

PATH is a branch of the Penndel Mental Health Center.

Mental health is important for the whole nation right now,” said AHTN board president and co-founder Penny Martin.

What is this fixation on mental health in reference to helping the homeless? It seems to be a given that the homeless are mental. At the Code Blues, where churches give the homeless a warm dry place to stay on a cold night and are fed, Keith has been known to show up, promoted on site by AHTN. In their limited understanding of the homeless, they divine in their infinite wisdom that they are bringing them a vital service. Like the opioid epidemic, for which there are hard facts, AHTN and the Host believe there is a mental health crisis, a problem that is real in their minds. Maybe. Or it’s just a created crisis designed to fund an industry, much like the fabricated “Climate Change” agenda.

Without really knowing and understanding the homeless, these privately and publicly funded institutions presuppose they know what they need. For them, “homeless” is synonymous with mental disorders and other problems such as drunkenness and drug abuse. Evidently, they looked into their crystal ball to learn this. Just as we all know that when aliens from outer space land on earth they say “take me to your leader”, we know that homeless people say “take me to your shrink.”

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Some of the churches not only feed the homeless to minister to their physical needs, but preach the gospel and show concern for their guests to address their spiritual needs. It’s safe to presuppose that we all have spiritual needs, which affects our mental state.

Who are the homeless? People become homeless for various reasons, generally not because they are mental:

In Burlington Township, New Jersey, the Citizens Serving that Homeless are working on creating a homeless community. Church of The Nazarene pastor Byron Hannon, who said the church has a covenant with the mission, argued that the church can best help meet the physical and mental needs of the homeless. I agree.

People and organizations will decide which causes they will fund. They will shell out money where they believe it is the most useful; they want to be assured the money will be used efficiently to best serve the party they fund. St. Mary Medical Center decided to stop funding AHTN and focus on its “in-house services.”

When I was looking for housing, Allen Johnson, who was a recovery coach with HOST, once asked me if I were willing to be labeled as being so mentally messed up that I could not work for the rest of my life. This is fraud! Mental health hustlers like Allen are only interested in the homeless to shanghai them to get them signed up for tax payer funded mental health programs.

AHTN is begging for donations. I don’t believe they are serving the homeless but rather the mental health industry and their own interests. If I had the money I would not donate to AHTN.

It may not be intentional, but we seem to be draining the swamp in Bucks County, PA.

The homeless shouldn’t go down the rabbit hole to meet the Mad Hatter in Wonderland. Based on observation of people who have gone to Penndel Mental Health Center and testimony from them and from other sources, I believe they become mad after patronizing the center, with its psychotropic dope (one pill makes you smaller…) and psychobabble.

People purporting to help the homeless get housing should stick to finding them housing. Let the church work with them on their mental needs!

Bucks Builds Bums

Hobo, tramp, and bum are terms associated with homelessness. There is an important difference:

  • Hobo: Someone who travels from place to place looking for work
  • Tramp: Someone who travels from place to place but avoids work
  • Bum: Someone who doesn’t want to work or travel

Among the homeless in Bucks County, PA, there is a mixture of hobos and bums. The “hobos” in Bucks County fit the hobo definition in that they work but they don’t move around very much.

Many in Bucks County’s homeless population want to work and many do, although often temporarily, sometimes part time. Tonight a guy told me his temp to perm job was going to be permanent. Being a hobo is nothing to be looked down on, although some do. In the 1893 edition of Funk and Wagnalls dictionary, “hobo” is defined (for those of you in Doylestown) “An idle, shiftless wandering workman, ranking scarcely above the tramp.” This is unfair! Wrong!

The term was used rightly during the great depression to describe people who were forced off their farms, which failed largely as a result of big government intervention, and on the road, often hopping freight trains, to look for work and food.

The Joad family in John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath is a fictional particularization of this. Many smaller farms folded as a result of FDR’s New Raw Deal, where the government paid well connected big farm conglomerates to burn their crops in order to raise prices, while people had to scavenge for food.

The difference between the “hobos” in Bucks County and during The Great Depression is that in Bucks County, most of the homeless who work and are looking for work stay within the county.

Tramps are virtually non existent in Bucks County. There is enough incentive – handouts – for someone who doesn’t want to work to stay in Bucks County, and become a bum.

At tonight’s community meal for the homeless and those in need I met people who recently became homeless. The woman said she thought this would never happen to her, and she’s trying to deal with it.  As is the case with others, she said she became ill and had other problems. And like other “hobos”, she works, looks responsible and acts civilly. I she hadn’t told me, I wouldn’t have known she was homeless.

“Hobo” sounds like a harsh word, mainly because how others who have never experienced homelessness judge the homeless. “Homeless” also has negative connotations. The urban dictionary includes the word “hobophobia”, which means the irrational fear of the homeless. The cure for hobophobia is a dose of homelessness – to see how it is to walk in others’ shoes.

Hobophobia is the main obstacle for providing homes for the homeless, just about anywhere. There are plenty of vacant properties in Bucks County, which the homeless could fix up, maintain, and manage, given the chance.

For example, the Sunbury Farm property in Bristol Township would make a great place for the homeless. Bristol Township, which said didn’t have the funds to keep it up, sold it to a builder a year ago. Today it’s boarded up. Maybe come Halloween, the township could use some homeless people to host a haunted house. There is so much hobophobia in Bristol Township, however, the township may not want to assume liability for having the homeless even participate in the event.

It’s ironic that druggies can live in houses in a neighborhood, but for the homeless, there is no room in the inn. Crime has mushroomed in areas where there are recovery houses. People are homeless for different reasons, such as prolonged illness or job loss. People do drugs because of a choice they willfully made, and duh, they need money to keep up their destructive habit. Ergo, they steal!

And people have come from miles around to go to the thrill, up on the hill. The thrill up on the hill let’s go! The pushers and the dopers will all be there…

There are about 100 recovery houses in Levittown, PA.

Consequently, the alleged emergency shelter in Levittown has a waiting list. It’s become a flophouse for druggies, drunks, and other miscreants, at the expense of people who just need a place to stay as a result of job loss or other problems, and who are not a threat to the community.

The Bucks County Mental Health Hustlers, the guys who prey on homeless people to try to get them to sign up for their programs and encourage them to become bums, should by now have at least one of their programs defunded – Host, run by Allen Johnson. Keith Smothers said that his program, PATH,  which is really redundant of Host, will be negatively affected. On the front page of the March 29, 2017 Bucks County Courier Times, the headline reads “Funding woes hurt homeless.”


“They say losses of funding still could bury the homeless individuals even deeper, especially those with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems,” the article continues. “Especially those with mental illnesses or substance abuse problems” They need Allen Johnson and Keith Smothers to save the day!

The homeless just need homes!

Even by the by the Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development’s count of 551 individuals living in emergency shelters (the de facto flop house for druggies and drunks) transitional housing and outside, 106 were labeled as having “mental illness” and 85 were said to have substance abuse problems. This is much less than half, by their own count! At the community meals I’ve been attending for three years, I can scarcely count on one hand how many people are off the wall so much they are not ready for society. We all have problems, and being homeless is a problem. But we don’t need no stinkin’ taxpayer funded, high priced head shrinker to deal with any of these problems. (I doubt shrinks help anybody but some people at least need to be under wraps).

What the homeless need, besides housing, is understanding, acceptance, encouragement and guidance. For those with substance abuse problems, some churches in lower Bucks County offer 12 Step programs, which gets to the root of problems, whether they be alcohol, drugs, anger, depression, anxiety, harboring resentment…

In an earlier article, on, Bucks County touted that its “Rapid Rehousing Program” got a homeless guy out of the woods after only three years! The county waited until he got sick enough so, instead of helping him become a productive member of the community, helped put him out to pasture. These vultures watched the former cross country truck driver’s downward spiral until he no longer became a viable human being.

Maybe now that HOST is defunded, Bucks County can try funding the BBB program. Bucks Builds Bums! It will replicate HOST, but just be under another name.

People can be restored, if it’s done the right way.  As someone at the community meal said tonight, help people with housing and from there they can iron out any problems. Housing and mental health are separate things.

The Bucks Mental Health Hustlers act like they are playing Marco-Polo. Someone says “Homeless”, then someone says “Mental Health.”

“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord, because they have called you an outcast: It is Zion, for whom no one cares!”  Jeremiah 30:17


Mental Health Hustlers Defunded

Funding woes hurt homeless, reads the headline in The Courier Times. Actually, it is the mixing of mental health services with housing for the homeless that hurts the homeless. “And when county departments divide these funds among different local initiatives” said Donna Duffy-Bell, administrator of the Bucks County Department of Health…, “more money sometimes goes towards more visible priorities, like opioid addiction, rather than hidden ones like homelessness” the article continues.

So, people who just need a place to stay are slighted because funds are used mainly for drug abuse. In the article, officials juxtapose homelessness with mental “illness”. Officials say the homeless aren’t required to be tested for mental problems, but they usually do (usually bamboozled into) and they imply homelessness and mental illness are one in the same. Bull!

Allen Johnson, a recovery coach with HOST, a program which combines mental health with homeless outreach, which is experiencing funding cuts, once told me that he doesn’t believe in housing first. He explained that people have to get straight first before they can get housing. Really? This presupposes that homeless people are nuts who need the mental health services of HOST. The facts were changed to protect the mental health industry. It’s a way to get public funds for the shrinks and Big Pharm.

It’s Public Funding Time (parody of Fats Domino’s Finger Popping Time)

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime

I feel so good

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now

Here comes Allen here comes Keith

Allen’s visiting all the homeless sites on his beat

It’s public (doy-dee doy-dee) funding time

It is pub lic…funding ty-ime

I feel so good (dee-doy doy dee-doink)

I’m on the public dime

Hey now hey now hey now hey now…

It seems to be what’s happening to HOST is similar to President Trump cutting the fat and crap from the EPA. Accomplishing the goal of being good stewards of our natural resources can be done less expensively. Likewise, by cutting the programs for mental health removes lots of unwanted fat from a bloated bureaucracy. Penndel Mental Health, for instance, just pumps patients with legal dope and psychobabble: “language that is used by people who talk about mental and emotional problems and that is seen as silly or meaningless: psychological jargon.” – Merriam-Webster

I’ve observed people who go to the community meals for the homeless and needy who have gone to the clinic get worse. But when they get Biblical counsel, I’ve seen people get better.

The church, not secular psychiatry/psychology should fill this void in mental health programming by getting even more involved in helping people with problems.

As to the defunding of HOST, another parody from the They’re Coming to Take Me Away Band:

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

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 I am in the nuthouse

Is that 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 want to put me in the nuthouse

That’s because they don’t think I am OK

Well the only reason I am in the nuthouse

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

Is that I’m homeless in Bucks County PA

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…