World Homeless Day
World Homeless Day
|subject: World Homeless Day.|
|Started in 2010, the day seeks to bring attention to homelessness, a problem that affects tens of millions of people worldwide, according to the United Nations.|
|In the U.S., more than a half-million people live on the streets or in shelters for temporary stays.|
|But national statistics show that homelessness is declining. And Salt Lake City has been held up as a model.|
|The city’s approach is simple: Before tackling the problems that led someone to become homeless, those in need first receive a place to live. The program is credited with reducing the number of chronically homeless people across the state by 91 percent since 2005.|
|Lloyd Pendleton, who leads Utah’s homeless task force, initially doubted the plan. “I get probably two to five calls a week now,” he said in an interview last year, “wanting to know how we did it.”|
|For information on how you can help, the National Alliance to End Homelessnessand the National Coalition for the Homeless offer resources.|
In fact, Utah has not been that successful as reported. Medicine Hat has reported that they ended homelessness. There is a disparity between ending homeless people’s miseries and dealing with the impact of trauma especially among families. When we embrace ending trauma we will actually end the scourge of homelessness. For this to occur in America we will need 11 million units of diverse housing options. Last year the federal government committed to creating 75,000 units of housing which is not a serious effective means of ending homelessness. Unfortunately, the National Alliance to End Homelessness reflects a perspective of government that caters to their interests as a government agency telling everyone that the sky is falling and how we have fixed the problem.
The overall solution to homelessness rests squarely on the shoulders of homeless people not accepting anything less than complete long-term solutions. We must be engaged in restoring the trust and veracity of our capacities for care of all of us.