Who Can Best Help The Homeless?

The photo I showed on my recent Facebook page with people carrying clipboards at a homeless camp in Bucks County, PA was not of officials serving eviction notices to make room for homes for illegal aliens. This was pure satire. 

The photo was from a January 30, 2013 article on Phillyburbs.com of a visit from Penndel Mental Health Center and from the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. Each organization represents two different paradigms of how to help the homeless:  

    • Penndel Mental Health uses legal dope and psychobabble, cognitive behavioral therapy and virtually puts them out to pasture. They want to fund their program by hook or crook. 
  • Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission counsels them with the Bible and gives them a mission. 

https://www.sott.net/article/257456-More-homeless-camps-discovered-in-Bucks-County-Pennsylvania 

Homeless in Philly_1

A mantra in Bucks County is that homeless people need mental health treatment. Here’s a parody that illustrates this: 

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 that I’m 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 

  

Well the only reason that I’m in the nuthouse 

Is that  I’m homeless in Bucks County PA 

The only reason that I’m in the nuthouse 

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… 

 

There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless illustrates the silent battle between worldly, secular psychology and Christianity over how to help the homeless. Available: https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

Update: The photo was from the January 30, 2013 edition of Phillyburbs.com, not June 30, 2013. You may have wondered why people are wearing coats in June. Perhaps Penndel Mental Health Center representatives gave them some legal dope samples and they wore coats in June?

Who Should We Serve?

In a recent interview with the Minister of Silly Walks, R.I. Diculous in Bucks County, PA, I learned the reason for the bogus assertion that the homeless population is shrinking. Mr. Big wants to make room for more illegal aliens, and Bucks doesn’t have the nerve to tell their fearless leader the truth. 

During the BO administration (former President Barry Obummer), a public service TV spot to publicize this move for hope and change in Bucks County was developed.  Accompanying the video, a special adaptation of Hank Williams’ song Move It On Over will play. 

“The homeless sneak in about half past ten 

Pretty soon we won’t let them in 

So move it on over, move it on over 

Move it on over homeless dog because the immigrants are moving in 

We won’t let you homeless in to the woods no more 

Your innovative ways won’t work no more 

So get it on over, move it on over 

Scoot it on over, move it on over 

Move it on over because we fat cats are moving someone else in 

The dumpster here is very small 

But they say it’s better than no home at all 

So ease it on over, move it on over 

Drag your junk over, move it on over 

Move over old homeless dog because our cash cows are moving in 

We told them not to lay around 

Now you let us let dirty deals go down 

So move it on over, drag your junk over 

Move it on over, our cash cows are moving in” 

“The advantage of having illegals moving into Bucks County land is that, not being American citizens, we are not responsible for their welfare.  We are not afraid that they could sue us if they get hurt because we are not obligated to protect them,” Diculous said. 

“We don’t need no stinkin’ protection”, said A. Wetback, who recently crossed the Rio Grande and worked his way into Bucks County. 

Environmentalists adamantly say we should protect illegals.  “The Eagle is our national emblem and should be protected at all costs, especially a sick one, an ill eagle”, said Don Quixote, a local environmentalist. 

For those of you in Doylestown, this is a made up story, a satire. 

In Bucks County, there is more vacant land than homeless Americans. 

“Children from other places take priority over children from our own country?” head of HUD Ben Carson recently challenged Democrats. “They don’t seem to want to answer that question. We have millions of American citizens who have been waiting an average of 2 1/2 years to get housing assistance,” said Dr. Carson, who backs enforcing an existing law that allows only U.S. residents to receive housing benefits.  https://www.lifenews.com/2019/05/24/ben-carson-democrats-are-hypocrites-they-say-they-support-children-but-defend-late-term-abortions/?fbclid=IwAR0DKl13x2kJxI5AM_mXAwsPs4laFc3KSapvixAN-UkXDYjxBxVKe_pst50 

Public officials need to remember that they are in their positions to serve we the people, Americans.  There are too many Americans living right here in Bucks County who need a home.  They do not need a big government program, a babysitting service, or a mental health (legal drug clinic) to help the homeless.  Authorities in Bucks have known about the homeless problem since the late 80’s. In fact, in January, 1988, Bucks County Commissioner Andrew L Warren told the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce that there is a homeless problem in Bucks County, and that “Bucks County government in the 1980’s and 90’s is where we are going to begin to have to find more solutions for issues like this.” 

Speaking of the mental health hustlers and the homeless, here’s a parody a wrote awhile back, before at least some of the mental health hustling programs in Bucks were defunded:  

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 

Addendum to the parody:  

The hustling program was put on a leash 

But that doesn’t stop all the bogus outreach 

Get public funding 

On our dime 

I don’t feel too good 

It doesn’t make the homeless fine 

Hey now hey now hey now hey now 

Here comes new folks a target for the hustler Chris 

They’re an opportunity he doesn’t want to miss 

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…  

The homeless population in Bucks County continues to grow. It’s grown since a book about the local homeless was published in November, 2018.  https://www.amazon.com/There-Are-Homeless-Buck-County/dp/172865209X/ref=sr_1_fkmrnull_1?keywords=there+are+homeless+in+bucks+county&qid=1555953133&s=gateway&sr=8-1-fkmrnull 

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!

http://knowledgenuts.com/2014/11/26/the-difference-between-hobos-tramps-and-bums/

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. http://livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe30s/water_07.html

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. http://levittownnow.com/2016/05/02/sunbury-farm-property-purchased-by-builder/

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.”

Wrong!

“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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdIev12fCPs

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 LevittownNow.com, 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. http://levittownnow.com/2017/02/19/bristol-organizations-help-homeless-man-find-permanent-shelter/

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

 

You Gotta Have Faith!

“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” –2 Corinthians 4:8-12

The homeless in Bucks County, PA are going through  tough times. The latest place they were run out of is the Veterans Memorial and the surrounding complex in Levittown, PA. It seems there is nowhere to run, baby, nowhere to hide. Somehow, many of the refugees have miraculously (especially because they are not Syrian refugees) found a place to at least temporarily stay.

Things that other people take for granted is not the case for the homeless community. For example, if all you have for your feet are sneakers and they get wet on a cold night, even just from the evening or morning dew, you’re stuck with wet sneakers. You just can’t go back to a warm house, take them off, and take a hot bath on a cold night.

The homeless often don’t get a full night’s sleep. Sometimes they are woken up during a storm when the tent leaks, sometimes by wild animals trying to get food and sometimes by wild animals disguised as humans. The worst of the wild animals who masquerade as humans are the authorities, who have attacked the homeless night and day. The worst case was Joe, the substitute guard at the municipal building near the Veterans Memorial in Levittown during the purge of the homeless at the memorial and vicinity.

The municipal building is guarded just during the day. Yet he would raid the homeless at 5 O’clock in the morning, in at least one case he kicked a woman with bronchitis to wake her up, and would remind them that they have to be out later in the month.  He even spit on the woman.

During the day guards from the municipal building tried to shoo the homeless from the memorial. After awhile, after we broke in the regular guard, as one homeless visitor to the memorial said, was “cool.” Substitute guards, such as Joe (don’t know his last name but it maybe “Blow”) continue to order the homeless to leave, even though they are doing nothing wrong.

Joe acts like those he believes are scum. How ironic: the inmates running the asylum!

The worst part of being homeless is the underlying reason for the county treating them like a blight on its suburban paradise, as if they are weeds that have invaded a meticulously manicured suburban lawn.

Yet, the homeless are an important commodity. When the sword of Damocles was hanging over the heads of the homeless, Alan Johnson and his county mental health hustlers, clipboards in hand, showed up at the memorial. Like manure, these mercenary menaces are all over the place – at code blues, tent city meet and greets, tent city evictions, the Salvation Army, even at community meals for the homeless and those in need.

After sucking two homeless people into the Penndel Mental Health Center program, representative Chris Cramp shook their hands and said “thank you for helping me keep my job.”

His promises to do certain things for the homeless got Cramped up.

On one occasion, Alan Johnson told me he could get me housing right away if I was willing to label myself as being so messed up mentally that I was disabled and could not do any type of work. Fraud!

However, there is hope. At the recent pow wow at the memorial between the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans and the homeless the vets realized the extent of the homeless problem, which Bucks County has been, since discovering it in the late 80s, sweeping under the rug.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks has launched its program to provide food and shelter for homeless families and provide services at the day center. It’s progressing slowly but surely. Christians need to accept and find ways to help the homeless, which is what God commands.

Bucks County’s treatment of the homeless reflects a culture that has turned from God. We have become a godless society, in fact, an Obama Nation.

Our only hope is faith in God, including the homeless.  As George Michael sang, you gotta have faith, faith, faith…

God rescues his people. For instance, the Israelites from Egyptian captivity.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

–Hebrews 11:1

 

Ain’t Got No Home

“Ooh-ooh-ooh, ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam
Ain’t got no home
A-no place to roam”

-Lyrics from Clarence “Frogman” Henry’s Ain’t Got No Home

A solution to the homeless problem, here in Bucks County, PA, is largely stymied by the perception the public has of the homeless. On one occasion, some people said they felt uncomfortable visiting the Veterans Memorial in Levittown near the Levittown library because some homeless people were there.

They sometimes see some individuals in the group acting erratically and become leery of, prejudice against all homeless people. It’s guilt by association.

A major contributor of homeless stereotypes is the druggies who get mixed in with the homeless population, many from the local recovery houses, which number in the neighborhood of 100 just in Levittown, who create problems. On one occasion, when a new advocate was socializing with the homeless at the memorial, a crazed druggie approached and screamed at the crowd, asking what everybody was doing there.

Unlike much public perception of the homeless, the guard from the nearby municipal building can distinguish between the good homeless and the troublemakers. On one occasion, a homeless guy called the guard to the memorial when a jerk from the recovery house pulled an American flag out of the ground and placed in on his bicycle. The guard made the druggie put the flag back where he got it and kicked him out of the memorial.

Some members of the general homeless population don’t get with the program and work with the authorities. I was just reminded about a homeless guy who has been throwing trash in the woods which is still there, not completely out of sight.  It’s been there for more than a year!

I’ve noticed over the past few months that the homeless have been pushing the envelope at the memorial and surrounding area. They’ve been leaving their tents up during the day when the surrounding buildings were opened. Some of them have left cigarette butts in the area and trash on occasion. My beef, however, is the way the county is handing the problem, punishing everyone, even the innocent ones who don’t cause problems and just need a place to stay.

Doylestown made the decision to chase everyone out of the memorial. My problem is that the county judges everyone in the group based on a few bad apples.

Public perception is that homeless people have mental and addiction problems. The Bucks County mental health industry has exploited this and for years has been aggressively canvassing the homeless population for business, by hook or crook. In exchange for signing up and using their taxpayer funded assistance, the mental health hustlers offer the homeless, in a quid pro quo, housing.

That mental health treatment is a prerequisite for housing – as opposed to housing first – is reflected in a response to an email I sent to Bucks County Commissioner Diane Marseglia about finding housing for the homeless. The commissioner listed as a core problem “mental illness that is difficult to treat or people who are resistant in taking medication or attending counseling.”  She also listed alcohol and drug addiction as a core problem.   

To my idea of dedicating county land to open an official homeless camp for the homeless, where the homeless would do much of the work on the camp, she replied “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.”

For Diane Marseglia, one size fits all. She assumes that all homeless people need medication and therapy.

Family Promise of Lower Bucks, part of a national non profit organization that houses, feeds, and provides services for homeless families doesn’t subscribe to this philosophy, but instead houses people who just need a place to stay first and helps them get back on their feet.

There was a slogan during the early part of our country “Millions for defense but not a penny for tribute.” In Bucks County, PA, the slogan should read “Millions for addiction and mental health treatment but not a penny for housing first.”

The key to finding a place for the homeless to stay is the private sector. Bucks County government, which has a jaundiced view, has done an inadequate job of resolving the problem, which the county knew about since the late 80s. The problem with dealing with problems such as homelessness is that, like other things, is that we turned this task over to the government.

As President Ronald Reagan said:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

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