Monday, October 31, 2016

Solutions for Homelessness Should Come At The State Level

Good Day World!

One of the many important issues that was never brought up in our presidential election is homelessness.

With eight days left until election day, I can safely predict you won't hear a word about homelessness from either candidate.

You'll probably get to hear more juicy scandals though.

Meanwhile the prospects for men, women and children who are living in poverty across America aren't going to be an issue...for another election cycle.

That's a shame. 

Since passing the McKinney Act in 1987, which directed federal money to support homeless shelters, Americans appear to have lost interest in the issue.

That is unless they're actually among the homeless who traditionally have no voice in our society. It's 2016, and we still don't have a handle on the problem.

And it isn't going to come from Washington.

Instead of a federal programs addressing homelessness, states should take the lead in protecting their at-risk populations.

Knowing how many homeless men, women, and children there are per state, is the first step towards positive action. 

Once these populations are identified then programs can be implemented to address their unique needs.

Here's the thing; don't expect the feds to come up with blanket programs for such a diverse population in each state.

Each state has it's own economic challenges that it's senators and governors are best positioned to address. 

The main thing is that state politicians need to priortize the issue and come up with workable solutions. They also need to encourage community volunteer programs at ground level.

There's no good reason why the greatest economy in the world can't take care of it's own.

Time for me to walk on down the road...

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