Richard Peete
Richard Peete

Hi I'm Rick from Orlando Florida. We have seen an explosion of the numbers of men women children vets and on and on and on. The existing social service groups are consistently be hit with budget cuts. So now it is on the public to get involved. I firmly believe that when you give them a little love, you've given them a lot. The core issue is that the homeless are isolated. Nobody wants them around. It's not rocket science how to fix this problem. If you think that once person can't make a...

Hi I'm Rick from Orlando Florida. We have seen an explosion of the numbers of men women children vets and on and on and on. The existing social service groups are consistently be hit with budget cuts. So now it is on the public to get involved. I firmly believe that when you give them a little love, you've given them a lot. The core issue is that the homeless are isolated. Nobody wants them around. It's not rocket science how to fix this problem. If you think that once person can't make a difference. Think about this, if a community got together and and each person that wanted to get involved went out and found someone that wanted help, and worked with that one person. Be the light that shines in someone else's eyes.

Wanda Walker-White
Wanda Walker-White

We must ask ourselves "WHY" is this allowed to happen? We are one of the richest countries in the world, everywhere you look there are vacant buildings laying to waste. WHY are people sleeping in cardboard boxes? If we are a GOD fearing nation how long will this continue to go on, What about the 13 million.

Jesse Bateaux
Jesse Bateaux

I spent my entire life working with the homeless mentally ill, almost 40 years, and though I'm retired now due to medical disability, my commitment has not ended, it has just slowed me down a little. I may take smaller steps but still moving toward the same goal - to end homelessness for this fragile population. Rev Dr Jesse Bateau.

Lily Mendoza
Lily Mendoza

What needs to be exploded is the myth of meritocracy and individualism which says that if people are poor or homeless, it's their fault, that they've probably made bad choices, are lazy, etc. and not because the system is rigged to exploit the poor and powerless and benefit and protect the already rich and propertied.

Eileen Spanier
Eileen Spanier

Thanks for sharing this Anne Marie!

Roxanne Strong
Roxanne Strong

we must continue to come together as a whole in this world and find a way to unite with each other. we must all try to remember to find our strentgh from the one who has all the power, and that would be in our LORD JESUS CHRIST,.

Cathy Mcdowell
Cathy Mcdowell

We can become informed and do our part no matter how small, because when you are homeless, hungry and struggling to survive-every little bit helps to fend off that terrible sense of hopelessness~.

Martin Rafanan
Martin Rafanan

Commitment needs to hit the ground running. Check in with the St Louis City or Continuum of Care to hook up with the organizations that are collaborating to end homelessness is less than 5 years in St. Louis http://stlouis-mo.gov/government/departments/human-services/homeless-services/continuum-of-care/Continuum-Members.cfm

Kay Karpus Walker
Kay Karpus Walker

I have been involved and aware of the homelessness in SF for decades - first as a social worker and later as a retiree. As a native San Franciscan, I am in culture shock in my own "home town" over housing costs including rentals which have been going up since the dot.com industry began. Most of my friends have moved out of San Francisco because they cannot afford the costs or the few remaining have rent control. At least we have housing - so many do not. Homelessness is a national problem...

I have been involved and aware of the homelessness in SF for decades - first as a social worker and later as a retiree. As a native San Franciscan, I am in culture shock in my own "home town" over housing costs including rentals which have been going up since the dot.com industry began. Most of my friends have moved out of San Francisco because they cannot afford the costs or the few remaining have rent control. At least we have housing - so many do not. Homelessness is a national problem and needs to be dealt with nationally. I believe housing, along with food and healthcare are basic human rights.

Carol Harvey
Carol Harvey

I took the pledge to end homelessness when I moved to San Francisco in 1994. I have been writing about homelessness and housing issues since then. There has been an exponential jump in homelessness in SF brought on by the home foreclosure crisis. One of the most valuable things you can give to an unhoused person is just to stop and talk and get to know them. I have many homeless friends, and I learn from them every day about life's basics and what pure survival means.

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