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There was a time in my life when everything that could go wrong did and I found myself homeless and living on the street. Not until I got professional help did I realize I suffered from clinical depression. The road back to health has been long and painful but has given me a deep sense of compassion for those less fortunate. Today I work at Hospice counciling people on end of life issues. I also advocate for affordable housing for the homeless and working poor. My question to my fellow bloggers is ....what steps should the government take to adress homelessness? I value your comments.

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Jan 6 @ 8:49AM  
I have to say that I certainly don't have the answers to this question. No clue what the government can or should do other than open more shelters and do make more low income/no income housing.

Yes, I too have been homeless, once upon a time. Also worked two jobs and dumpster dived for pop cans to keep my babies in milk and oatmeal for a time. So I am a firm believer in working for what you want/need etc. But, in some cases, a mental illness or a really unfortunate set of circumstances can leave someone literally dying of starvation in the richest country in the world. And that just pisses me off.

I personally know a veteran who gets his monthly pension check, but all of it goes to his medical care.. what's up with that? The guy can't seem to get a break. He lives in a broken down van because he cannot afford to live in an apartment or house. I had thought that the VA took care of the vets... but evidently not all of them. (Due to PTSD induced psychosis he cannot live in a group environment, extreme paranoia)

If anyone has the answers I too would love to hear them.


Jan 6 @ 11:00AM  
I,ve been homeless too. i was 18 a complete terror to my mum, then finally for the last time she kicked me out and moved 60 miles away. I spent that chrismas on the streets battling with my problems, 2 1/2 months later i moved in to a homeless hostel, got some income, paid my rent, the workers were worried about me so they took me to the hospital where i spoke to a Dr. they decided that i should not work and put me on Antipsycotic medication. they made appointments for me sp they could check up on my progress.

Later we discovered i had developed... Scitsophrenia, attention defesit disorder, depression, and i had a nervous breakdown all at the same time. 4 yars later im much better thanx to the help i got, im off the meds and living in my own flat :)

So i personally cant folt the government, or the people who got me thru it. defenately not forgetting my friends thru all that!

Those are my thoughts :)

Jan 6 @ 11:26AM  
I can't answer this one either and we have homeless people here too. We in the UK do not have to pay for our medical expenses (well not directly as anyone working in the UK pays national insurance) and there are numerous charities and organisations that cater to the needs of homeless people.
There is also a magazine called "The Big Issue" that homeless people sell and the money they get from selling the magazine goes towards paying for shelter. I believe they have to buy the magazines first though how they do this I don't know (I may be wrong on this point).
The UK government closed down most of the hospitals which catered for the needs of the mentally ill and opted for something called "care in the community" instead. What pisses me off though is the number of immigrants that come into the country to be given the keys to a new home, a welfare cheque and go straight on the register so they can use the "free" medical services. I think the UK should adopt the same ideas as the Australians, if you haven't got a job to go to and don't have enough money to support yourself then you don't come in.
I am not racist but it's the sloppy way the government do things that creates the problems which lead to racism and biggotry.

Jan 6 @ 2:07PM  
To answer your question, there is no easy solution to homeless. Sometimes you can help homeless people, but most other times you can't. There will always be homeless people in this country, and world for that matter.

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