Homeless Population Increasing in Bucks County?

Homeless people are to be seen and not heard.  I mean the saying is “children are to be seen and not heard.”  Actually, according to a source in the October 7, 2018 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the homeless population in Bucks County, PA is shrinking, but many are not seen. The question arises about the official homeless count. Do the homeless count? Evidently, they don’t, as many out there are MIA! 

Another source in the article said that the homeless population in Bucks is growing. “I see a lot of new faces”, the source said.  

I’ve been hanging out with the homeless in Bucks County and going to the shared meals, off and on, since early spring, 2014. Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of new faces as well as some of the old. The homeless population in Bucks is growing! Churches that host the shared meals have been just keeping up with all the guests that attend the meals. Although the meals are often packed, the churches have been able to provide food for their guests, for which I am grateful and I give them credit. 

The churches also offer spiritual food for their guests. And guests meet friends at the meal and offer one another comfort and spiritual food, as iron sharpens iron. 

There are many reasons people become homeless. One is the excessive regulations – the hoops those seeking an apartment or a house need to go through. This is a symptom of progressive policies, which started with President FDR, who, along with President Herbert Hoover, fostered massive homelessness with their progressive, big government, tax and spend socialist policies.  As the late, great radio talk show host Tom Marr said, “where there is liberal rule, there is more crime and poverty.” 

Today, in Pennsylvania, tax and spend progressives hurt the economy, and increase homelessness. After bamboozling the public to vote him into office, Pennsylvania Governor “Big Bad” Tom Wolf banned new drilling for natural gas, which is clean, on state land, allegedly to protect the environment. In reality, it was just an initiative to kowtow to the pseudo environmentalists’ special interests. This hurts industry, jobs but also robs the state of royalties that would go into state coffers. 

Instead of getting state funds through land use leases, Big Bad is raising taxes on gasoline, which hurts the overall economy and individual economies, as people have to pay more for gas!  In fact, as a headline on LevittownNow.com reads: PA Ranks The Highest For State Imposed Gas Taxes.   

http://levittownnow.com/2019/04/08/pa-ranks-the-highest-for-state-imposed-gas-taxes/?fbclid=IwAR1lAcP4Gun_mH-fUneyoLf43wvob4Q4mUbmhNhmTJNsMinw6gBbWn-YKi8 

How, liberal, progressive policies exacerbate homelessness is one subject I get into in my recently published book: “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey with The Homeless.”   

https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR14Y8jAxc462oqzltCCdZGq4BCLQg-HW8VEoAdpkGjog9Q78PqGh6zTTIA 

The 411 on Homelessness

On a warm humid night recently, I woke up about 2 a.m. Unable to get back to sleep, I took a walk to 7-11 to get some milk. On route, I saw someone sleeping on the sidewalk by Dunkin Donuts, which was closed. It looked like the person was sleeping on top of blankets or pads. It was too warm to be undercover. The zonked out person didn’t even stir as I passed by.

If I would have witnessed this about 2 ½ years ago, before I started associating with the homeless in lower Bucks County, PA, I would have had a different reaction. Back then I would have just thought I saw a bum, perhaps sleeping off a drunk.

This may have been the case. Maybe not. Now I have a better understanding of homelessness than I did before. People are homeless for different reasons. One size does not fit all.

On that recent warm humid night, the thought that the sidewalk sleeper was sleeping off a drunk didn’t even enter my mind. I was just seeing someone who didn’t have a dwelling to lay his head.

The economy is one reason people become homeless. Many people simply lose jobs.

“Ah yes, seems we’ve been here before”, to quote W.C. Fields. Homelessness ran rampant during The Great Depression. Progressive rule caused and prolonged the depression. President Herbert Hoover was a progresssive and the depression started on his watch. Shanty towns, built by homeless people, were called Hoovervilles in his honor. FDR compounded and extended the depression with his New Raw Deal.

http://object.cato.org/sites/cato.org/files/pubs/pdf/tbb-0508-25.pdf

We pulled out of the depression after WWII, not because of the war but because we started implementing free market capitalism. Our society also became more moral, returning to the Christian faith.

But starting in the 60’s, progressivism reared it’s ugly head again. We also became less moral, turning away from God.

So here we are in 2016, where we have continued on a downward spiral and have become an Obama Nation.

The homeless community is just a reflection of today’s society, some of whose members have the same issues as other communities. In some cases, people’s irresponsible actions caused them to be homeless. Recently, a formerly homeless man said he acknowledged that his actions caused him to be homeless.  He then started out on a new foot, looked to God, and moved upwards.

People can change — if they are receptive to allowing people to help them help themselves. I’ve been trying to help a homeless woman who has cancer. She continues to smoke, consumes too much caffeine, which dehydrates her, and drinks too much alcohol, which kills her liver, especially on an empty stomach. Rather than limiting caffeine and alcohol (a little red wine with a meal is beneficial) and eating more, she does the opposite. She doesn’t want to end up in a nursing home, but she is putting herself there by her irresponsible behavior.

I’m a great believer in personal responsibility.

Progressivism absolves people of responsibility, as does much of modern psychology. I heard someone associated with the Salvation Army, who is in the mental health industry, say about a child molester, “it’s not his fault.” Wrong! It’s sin.

A healthy economy and morality go hand in hand. An immoral society cannot prosper.  A Christian cannot be a progressive, someone who is on the road, the wrong one, to socialism. Expressio Unius Est Exclusio Alterius, a Latin term that means “the expression of one thing is the exclusion of the other”, like fire and water, applies here.

“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”

2nd Chronicles 7:14