I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a movement of citizens inspired by the presidential campaign who are now submitting ideas for how they think the Obama Administration should change America. It’s called “Ideas for Change in America.”
One idea is titled: Fulfill the National Housing Goal of Providing Decent, Affordable Housing for All. I thought you might be interested in getting involved and recommend you check it out. You can read more and vote for the idea at change.org
The top 10 ideas are going to be presented to the Obama Administration on Inauguration Day and will be supported by a national lobbying campaign run by Change.org, MySpace, and more than a dozen leading nonprofits after the Inauguration. So each idea has a real chance at becoming policy.
I look forward to hearing what you think,
I was watching the CW 11 news and there was a story about man who was trying clean up the neighbor by starting a petition to relocate a homeless shelter from downtown St. Louis, because he states the shelter is a nusaince. He claims the residents of the shelter frequent Lucas Park and engage in illegal behavior, during the hours the shelter is closed. He has taken photos and video of people drinking in public and using the park as a restroom. He has not proven the people in the photos or video are homeless. Moving the location of the shelter is not the answer to the problem. The answer to the problem is removing the obstacles that cause people to become homeless. Instead of a petition to move the shelter, the residents of the downtown St. Louis need to petition for more affordable housing and more jobs in the downtown st. Louis.
Just like people in different soci-econmical some homeless people are involved in criminal behavior. The downtown residents have focused on the drug addicts and alcoholics that are homeless. These people need help, but a few bad apples should not ruin it for other homeless people who are trying to become self sufficent. Homeless people have already been displaced and they don’t deserve to be displaced again by moving the shelter.
I know from my experience as a homeless person being able to enjoy the park, library and public transportation is important. The library provides information and resources vital to job search and communication. Most shelters have limited hours of operation. One reason behind that is to encourage you to find resources to empower yourself. During my homeless time in Atlanta I utilized Centennial Park before the library, unemployment office and social service opened for business. I know being homeless access to the bathroom is limited but I do not condone using the park as public restroom. If challenges homeless people face such as housing and employment were dealt with people would not misappropriate use of public parks.
Homeless children deserve a REAL education too. They deserve to educated and exposed to all that downtown St. Louis has to offer libraries, architecture, history, and the arts. Who knows maybe the next Chris Gardner or Tyler Perry is hanging out in Lucas Park.
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in doing a submission for an anthology about the homeless experience.
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