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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!