Helping Homelessness —Solutions
Helping Homelessness —Solutions
Bleeding Hearts —what/who are they?
Though the term "Bleeding Hearts" has a negative political suggestion; it is not intended here.
Though there are may shades between the two extremes; most 'bleeding hearts' fit closest into one or the other of the extremes. Nearly everyone is or has that "bleeding heart".
Even I, myself, as someone pointed out; am a bleeding heart. The object of my bleeding heart is the nation that got off track from the 1776 design.
All the bleeding heart is; is a person who has a cause. That cause may be the environment, cats, dogs, food (etc.) But not merely a fascination about the object —but a desire or need to rescue the object(s) of that cause.
This is about the bleeding hearts who choose homelessness.
The two types of bleeding hearts are: The research-oriented bleeding heart; and then, the ones I refer to as brain-dead bleeding hearts.
The difference between the two deals solely with the level of research regarding the subject matter. The less the research —the deader the brain.
When I refer to the Brain-Dead bleeding hearts that come to McPherson Square Park in NW Washington, DC (or anywhere else, for that matter); the only "research" it seems most of them did was to find the place they could off-load the most 'stuff' in the shortest amount of time, and get the photo-op of them doing their "good"-deed for the week. These people generally (and not in all cases) do not care whether the resources they have for 100 or more people actually get to 100 different people or just a few. They frequently will simply drop the food, clothes; or whatever they "thought" homeless people might want; in some pile or on some bench like they are feeding hogs or some other livestock or wildlife. They come, blasting horns, waking people up at ALL hours of the night. —They just as well be yelling S..o..o..o..o..o..o..ie. They either do not know how disrespectful their actions are, or they do not care.
The suggestion frequently offered is that if they have blankets and coats, etc. for cold weather; drive the streets during those cold-spells (day or night) and offer the item you have to a person who looks like they need something to keep warm. But this requires more dedicated effort than just slopping hogs.
Now. For those bleeding hearts who really do care. These people will do more research, about the people, the area, the actual needs v. the desires, etc.; then, they deliver accordingly, within their budget. This group, is by far, the minority.
Me, my heart bleeds for a nation and civilization that no longer realizes the history of 1776 has already repeated itself. Thus, the primary purpose for this website and content is to show how we could have stopped then; and how we can stop that cycle now.
The Simplicity of the Solution — How it Works
According to Wikipedia, the Marriott Marquis Washington hotel cost 520 million to build. It reports that there are 1,175 rooms (which includes 49 suites).
Oh, by the way? This does not require building new hotels. Large used ones are being bought and sold all the time and still have lots of life to them, —and without needing massive rebuilding.
MANY organizations (large and small), as well as many individuals put their labor, product, and cash resources to "help the homeless.
According to HUD, a US Government office; HUD alone claims to spend about 2.8 billion dollars annually for homelessness.
According to this internet search Street Sense Media "There are about 500,000 homeless individuals in the U.S. tThe[sic] price tag to treat the malady of homelessness works out at least $15 billion per year."
Let us assume that the $15 billion includes the HUD $2.8 billion. That means that there is an additional $12.2 billion dollars put toward homelessness.
(15,000,000,000 every year/520,000,000 a new twelve-hundred room hotel) = 28.8 new hotels every year about the same size as the Marriott Marquis Washington (1,175 rooms / person+ resident hotel)
With 29 hotels with 1,200 rooms every year converted to solve the homeless problems; that is 34,800 homeless people being helped each year. In TEN years, that is 348,000 homeless people helped annually.
Now, we take into consideration that not every homeless person wants to be off the streets, for whatever their reasons.
We see how truly simply and quickly the homeless issue can be solved —If, in every city and town, the many individuals and organizations, religious or not; combined all their "help-the-homeless" resources; they could buy enough hotels in a community to house all their homeless who are willing to come in off the streets and work three to five hours a day community service for all their housing benefits listed below.
This is a win for the homeless who desire to get off the streets; a win for the help-the-homeless people; a win for the government; and a big win for the communities.
They would organize their outreach programs so that 30 of them are not servicing the same park or encampment on the same day (and sometimes at the same time) allowing most of their resources to be wasted or resold by those who do not need them. This happened frequently at McPherson Square Park, NW Washington DC, where I have been the last four years getting people interested in obtaining Clean Honest Government.
With just this one simple plan these organizations and individuals will help far more homeless people in a few short years, than served actually helped in the past century.
Washington DC was the above example. The use of REALLY quick numbers right off the internet demonstrate the viability of a ten-year plan. Remember; not all cities are as costly as Washington, DC, which even increases the numbers helped.
• provides a fixed address to get mail
• provides a fixed address for banking
• provides a fixed address employers look for when hiring
• provides a 24 hour/day toilet
• provides a 24 hour/day shower
• provides a 24 hour/day bed
• provides a 24 hour/day phone-charging
• provides a 24 hour/day meals (for the various shifts and living habits)
• provides a 24 hour/day laundry
• provides a 24 hour/day employment services temp to full time
• allows for the resident to work a full time job, to get established in their own housing choices
• Less people on streets as homeless
• THIS IS NOT FREE to any resident, who MUST put in 3 to 5 hours every day working community service (generally picking up trash and doing other low-tech jobs that the city contracts with private industry to do); which saves tax payers money.
• builds a sense of self-worth within the resident, as they are now paying their own way, benefiting society, and not merely a drain against its resources.
• Most hotels have recreational facilities on site.
• Some conference-rooms can be converted for classes (GED, temp job placement, and trade-skills training, etc.) and or dining halls.
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