Archive for February, 2010

On the Dictionary.com website, the word "homeless" is defined in the following manner:

home·less

adjective
1. without a home: a homeless child.

noun
2. the homeless, persons who lack permanent housing.

It’s interesting to note that nothing in the definition makes any allusions to a person’s moral character. If anything, the definition describes a socio-economic condition and nothing more. Yet, there are those who are convinced that a person who is homeless is somehow of a less "reputable character" than someone who isn’t homeless. In fact, there are even those who view the homeless as being of a criminal ilk.   (more…)

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When it comes to addressing homelessness, one of the biggest obstacles faced by many communities has to do with the providing of homeless support services (HSS).

Most folks are in agreement that the issue needs to be "dealt" with. But when the building of either a shelter or drop in day center is proposed, or when it’s suggested that there needs to be an increase of services, the community is often times opposed to the idea.

There are numerous reasons why some folks in any given community are against expanding services – or even providing any type of HSS altogether.

That being the case, I thought I’d address a few of what I believe are the more common of objections.   (more…)

I read an interesting opinion column in the Christian Science Monitor on Friday. It was about the how folks in Vancouver, British Columbia, were being impacted due to their city’s hosting of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

One of the first things I noted was the cost.   (more…)

A little over a week ago, I read an article in the Sacramento Bee that made me feel both sad and happy at the same time.

It was about a Veteran who had battled alcoholism. It was about a man who had been homeless up until just recently. It was about new friendships having been built. And, it was about a family reunion.

The article told of 68 year-old Richard Nary who – as the article worded it – had "… burned all his bridges."   (more…)