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The Homeless

Updated on July 12, 2009

Waging War on Homelessness


Atlanta, Ga – If you live or work in Atlanta, GA or in one of many major cities, you will notice the growing heartache that is homelessness. Drive down Spring Street, Courtlandt Avenue, or pass under the overhead maze of the I-75/I-85 & I-20 intersection and it tears your heart to see the men and women with no home. Pass by the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr Drive and Central Avenue and you will see many homeless people hanging out on the steps of the great church.

What can be done to properly place these people?

Yes, I am aware of shelters that provide a warm bed, meals, showers and more. Unfortunately, many homeless people refuse to go to a shelter for one reason or another. Personally, I would say to all, “Go make use of what’s offered.” But the fact is many do not go.

Is there a need for a more structured approach to homelessness?

I believe that many of us as individuals can make a huge difference if we band together to wage war on homelessness. Communities all over this country can nominate people to spearhead individualized movements that will raise funds from the “willing” to house, feed, train and re-establish the homeless. This is my suggestion.

Can we find a group of people in each community willing to help?

If 10,000 people in individual communities across the country would contribute $2 monthly to a “War on Homelessness Fund” many communities would be able to buy a home (preferably a ranch-like setting outside the city), provide training and food, partner with small businesses and move hundreds from a state of homelessness to one of “housed and employed.”

Do you think we can do this? Let me know your thoughts. Greater still, organize your own community, talk about this and do it.  It will not be easy, but let us devise a plan.

Good luck and God speed!

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    • tjmatel3 profile imageAUTHOR

      Peter Grant 

      9 years ago from McDonough, GA

      You make a valid point. I can only hope that at some point something will be done to curb this every growing problem. Thanks for sharing.

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      someonewhoknows 

      9 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I hate to say this ,but there are probably going to be a lot more homelessness in the future if things don't change fast enough. Joblessness is going up due to the lack of work in many places.One problem is ,if your recieving unemployement insurance payments,you can't get training while at the same time recieving unemployment benefits and you can't find a good paying job without training.They would rather you run out of your unemployment benefits while looking for work and have to settle for a part time job if you can find one your qualified for then train you while your looking for a full time job ,which is not easy these days.It's a waste of time and money in the long run to keep you unemployable waiting for your unemployment benefits to run out ,than it is to spend the extra money to train you for a job that's in demand .

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