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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Fellow Human on Fellow Humans

The following is pretty much what I said in this federal survey on homelessness. Maybe take a few minutes and fill it out. 

It's beyond me that ensuring the least of us are adequately supported by our people and our governments is never a priority. Values are skewed. As long as the three people beside us think the disgrace is acceptable, then we do too. It’s the wrong attitude. Tackling hunger and homelessness is crucial for any society, and the federal government must immediately make it the priority that it truly should be.

Needed: Less red tape. Less servitude to the industrial charity complex. More direct action. Much more funding, but in the right places. A serious, on-going marketing campaign to help citizens understand that no one in our country should ever have to endure homelessness.

We're one of the most prosperous countries in the world. The current attention paid to this issue is an embarrassment. The government must step up - immediately. Not just federal: if you’re a people’s representative in Ottawa, or for your province or town, you have an obligation to take care of the most vulnerable citizens. Sleeping comfortably in your big house when you know others – equal to you – are shivering under bridges and wherever else they can find shelter from the elements is something I’ve never been able to understand. If you can do more – do it. When you’ve done all you can, then sleep comfortably.

I think a lot of people in my community care, and there seems to be a myriad of programs for the homeless, yet the situation never seems to improve - except for those paid to study the issue ad nauseam. That must stop. Government-funded backslapping needs to stop. Fancy banquets for community leaders to congratulation each other while they eat luxurious foods etc. at the public's expense is not right. Feed the hungry, not the well-paid and already well-fed.

Streamline services. Cut the charity industry jobs in half. Hire based on their understanding of how serious the issue is, and their ability and enthusiasm for solving it. There might even be enough federal money already being invested, but it's very poorly managed. If there was no industry at all and all that money went straight to the homeless - that would be more efficient than the current system.

Hire only those with absolute dedication to ensuring the travesty ends. One youth at a time. Then one adult. Keep at it until there are no more. By then, you'll need to start over, but the numbers will be fewer. Do it again and again and never lose site of the goal: end homelessness, not to feed the charity industry and be content that you've done your part because the funds were handed out. That's win-win for the government and industry, not so much for the homeless.

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