How Can I Help to put Houses that Homeless people can Live in my Community?
The state of homelessness in our communities
Everywhere I look, especially in my neighborhood, I see people without a place to live. Within a two block radius of my home, there are so many houses that have been boarded up. The downturn of the economy has left many people without jobs. Many companies have closed their doors and moved outside our United States for cheap labor in other foreign countries. Many people are just one paycheck away (myself included) from losing everything that they have worked so hard to obtain. On any given day, I see both men and women gathering up whatever they can to take to the recycling plant just to get money for whatever they need to survive. The shelters in our city are filled to capacity because of the lack of affordable housing in our communities. The public housing that once was is no more. The families that once lived in these apartments are now living in what is now called scattered site housing communities. These types of communities include bothas well as private sector housing. The rentals for these private sector housing far exceed what it would cost to stay in a public housing unit. That's why The CHA gives low income persons or what is commonly known as section 8 vouchers. For individuals renting an apartment or house would sometimes have to work two and three jobs just to pay one month's rent. I often ask myself what could be done to put the homeless into affordable rental units.
As I sometimes drive around in my neighborhood, I see foreclosed homes, vacant lots, and multiple unit buildings that could be remodeled and used as low income rentals for the homeless people in my area. This could be done in many other communities as well. But who would be willing to put up the necessary funds for such a task. Many of our elected officials have the power to advocate and direct these monies to the social service agencies so that these units can be constructed for people without adequate housing. It's funny how we can spend money to help others in third world countries and shell out big dollars for wars, but we can't take care of our own people within our United States. It seems as if we have our priorities mixed up. I believe that it is the duty of our elected officials to step up to the plate to make sure that the people that are homeless have somewhere to safely lay their heads at night.
The housing crisis is responsible for the mess that we are in as well. The policies of these mortgage companies and real estate corporations are all messed up to say the least. The banking industry is heavily responsible for the housing bubble that was created some years ago as well. All these different mortgage companies sometimes engage in illegal practices just so that they can boost their profits at the expense of the unsuspecting home buyers. These companies need to be put out of business for good!!
While our economy is struggling to come back to life, the fate of our homeless is somewhat cloudy. The job market is like a see saw; one week the numbers improve, the next week the numbers are in a downward spiral. Is there any way that our elected officials can advocate on behalf of our homeless to help alleviate some of the issues that they face? What about the big mortgage companies like Fannie Mae? Can they relax some of the policies to make it easier for the homeowner to stay in their homes. Can some of these major corporations and social services agencies lend a helping hand to some of the less fortunate by giving them employment? A lot of these foreclosed and abandoned buildings can be remodeled to provide safe and secure housing for the homeless. These vacant lots can be used to build low income housing as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?