We just got a copy of the "The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress" and I have to tell you that the first paragraph I read set me off:
"On a single night in 2018, roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. About two-thirds (65%) were staying in sheltered locations—emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation." There was a 0.3 percent increase between 2017 and 2018.
And then I jumped to the Goals that they are planning: "While the number of people experiencing homelessness increased modestly, by less than one percent between 2017 and 2018, homelessness has declined by more than 84,000 people since 2010, a 13 percent reduction. Recent increases in national homelessness were driven by increases in individuals staying in unsheltered locations." Eight fucking years and H.U.D. gets excited because 13% of the people were no longer homeless. How many of them died? It doesn't say.
As of January of 2018, there were 553,000 homeless people in the richest country the world has ever seen. How is that possible?
And let's not talk about Democrats or Republicans, they are both guilty. Guilty of not caring.
If the government did care we would not have a Defense Budget of $7 billion dollars. We spend $7 billion dollars to kill innocent people in foreign countries while leaving 553,000 Americans on the street. Is all that oil really worth it?
Here in NewYork State, there are more than 92,000 homeless, mostly in NYC. So the Federal Government spends money on Defense and NYC hands over $3 billion to the richest man in the world, so he can make more money.
What is wrong with us as a people?
To see what is happening in Paris is very upsetting for anyone that has ever been there. But it has been the history of Paris to struggle for its equality and freedoms. We Americans should be very conscious of the problems in Paris because they exist here as well as I've stated above. And what is happening there can and will ignite here in a moments notice. Let us not forget, the thousands of homeless people in New York City, with more than 23,000 children leaving shelters every morning to go to school. Think of your own children having to experience that nightmare.
The increases in rents are forcing parents to work two and three jobs just to keep what they have. And still, our government officials go out of their way to assist real estate developers in creating massive towers which change the character of neighborhoods and force greedy landlords to harass tenants or deny Mom & Pop stores new leases.
While mass media spins with news about Trump, it overlooks what is really affecting the people and that is capitalism and their local government. Get off your ass and do something about our way of life in the United States.
Here is a link to the H.U.D. Report: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2018-AHAR-Part-1.pdf