Everywhere you look these days it seems that you see the characters who look unkempt, who are talking to themselves, who are begging with a sign that says they are homeless and need help, who push shopping carts full of their stuff, who are flat out asleep on a park bench.
This is a major and federal issue; more people cannot afford the cost of housing, the rent keeps growing higher and the jobs aren’t plentiful that pay for these high rents. More and more people are living in cars, tents, or in areas of brush and trees, or under highways. More people complain about needles used to shoot heroin left on sidewalks or in parks where their children play. More people are seeing active drug users shooting up heroin or meth, drug cocktails, right out in the open.
This is causing businesses to lose revenue, whose customers don’t feel safe coming into their stores, who pay more and can’t afford the cost of paying anyone to work full-time, because they can no longer afford to cover benefits. The spiral continues and the government does nothing.
Nothing, that is, that makes a dent in these issues; many that stem from the drug use of these people that can’t find jobs, or have mental health problems, who can’t afford to pay for mandated medical coverage or who don’t know the ropes to get indigent medical coverage which costs nothing, but filling out their applications. They might find drug treatment that they would get coverage for due to the fact that they are homeless, earning no income, or possibly they get disability benefits or social security income for their retirement.
They ought to make it mandatory that people cannot be homeless, living on the street and doing drugs.
This should be federally mandated that the United States gives homeless people a place to live, but is a housing program where they have to get clean and sober before leaving the premises.
Then they must learn to work and be productive members of society, either by doing the cleaning, cooking or some other function in this “community” in which they are given a home.
This could be an ongoing lifestyle; they can find jobs outside of the community once they’ve graduated, and can’t afford the cost of rentals in the general community so are able to pay for their homes in this mandated program, something where they still are mandated to participate in some way to live there. But it would be affordable so they could pay and get in off the streets.
These are ideas I am having prompted by the videos I have been watching about how Silicon Valley employees of Google or other high-tech companies are not able to pay the high rents in California. Living in cars has become a viable way to live, for a period of time, but let’s face it, living in a car does not make for a mentally healthy place to live. There is no running water, no indoor plumbing, no shower, no cooking or refrigeration facilities, and not much privacy or safety.
If this problem is growing like they say it is, and I’m watching all these videos that have me glued to this misery, as a Christian, more people should be working to solve this ever-growing problem. This is the harvest that must be intervened upon. These people are really suffering and government is either too stupid, or too uncaring, to stop this from happening to more of our good citizens.