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Steven J. Davis: How do we truly address the plight of homelessness?

4 Jul

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Steven J. Davis is the founder of the League of Principled Citizens

July 4th, 2019 – Independence Day


 

How do we truly reduce the plight of homelessness?

Merriam-Webster has the definition of homeless as “having no home or permanent place of residence” and as too often seen, typically living on the streets.

One must ask the question why? How is it that our Nation has a homeless population that continues to increase?

How can it be that when there are not enough people to work in most industries, there is such a homeless population?

How is that possible?

Why have so many people taken to the streets and stayed there? Are they trapped in the consequences of a bad decision? Are they the victim of someone’s decision that affected their life and the mind of hopelessness has set in?
Are they mentally ill and need care that we are not able or willing to provide?
How is it that veterans from many wars, ranging from Vietnam to our war on terror, choose the streets?

I think until we look at the root of the problem and correct the root growth of all and many more potential issues dealing with why people are homeless, we will continue yielding fruit that “will not”, “cannot” or “shall not” participate in the workforce or contribute to society.

If you look at the homeless, most are male Caucasian and range from 20 to 60 years of age. I’m not saying there aren’t women, children and other ethnic groups who are homeless. There just seems to be many more white males living on the streets.

The breakdown in our healthcare system, I fear, has caused many to just stop trying. Those who suffer from PTSD, (not limited to war veterans), but those who suffer depression and other mental anxiety issues, have a very limited ability to truly reviving care. Closing most of the nation’s mental hospitals was clearly a mistake and one that needs re-visited.

We, as a nation, have allowed the pharmaceutical companies to convince doctors that the answers to all of life’s problems are in a pill. This has put states like West Virginia in absolute turmoil for over a decade. The escalating homeless population in our cities, as well as crime and illegal drug use, has plagued our streets and affected almost every family in our Nation.

Cities like Huntington, West Virginia have attempted to provide food, shelter and medical treatment for the addiction and homeless crisis – and it has all but put our city in ruin!

Vacant homes litter the city from one end to the other. Murder and shootings in Huntington, WV. are among the highest per capita in the nation. Children are left without parents and placed into another broken, poorly run system.

Our nation has the best economy in years – maybe ever. Yet, we are more broken, individually than ever.

What is the answer?

As my Grandfather used to tell me. Logic and common sense are always the answer. But getting those in power to understand that is almost impossible.

Every city must look for the remedy that best fits their situation.

If you enable the addicted, they will stay that way. If you provide shelter and food for the homeless, they will stay that way. The reality of this entitlement is they’re truly not homeless, but wards of the state.

My opinion comes from the Principle of the Word of God. Jesus said, “I would that you love everyone.” It isn’t easy, but I do. I love them enough to “just say no”.

I told my children “no” because it was best for them in that situation. “No” is the hardest word in the English language, but often times, it is the most compassionate word one can use.

The other Principle from the Word is to care for the “Widows and Orphans”.

These are the needy for whom God says we have an obligation to provide care. I would ask the city missions and community centers, one question. When the homeless come to you and you feed them, do you also go seek out the Widows and Orphans to insure they are fed?

Benjamin Franklin said it best.

The best way to help someone out of poverty is to make them uncomfortable in it.

I have, more than once, been completely down to nothing. I’ve slept in my car and hoped they would not repossess it with me in it. I’ve been out of work and out of money, with nowhere to turn. I felt the comfortable feeling that required me to put my pride aside to ask for help.

I have been there. I have empathy for the homeless of our Nation.

What I do not have is sympathy.

They don’t need to hear me tell them to go get a job. Most already know.
They don’t need to hear someone tell them to get counseling. Most already know.

What they do need is the truth. I love you enough to assist you and help you back to a place of confidence and self-esteem. I will applaud your progress and success!

Endlessly feeding and caring for them is not working.

If it were, we would be reducing the population of the homeless and our workforce would be in much better condition.

These are my thoughts on this Independence Day.

Steven J. Davis
Founder.

League of Principled Citizens

 

 

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