In the last two years, there has been a lot of talk about access to health care; however, access to health care is still not easily accessible to the homeless citizens in our city. I’m guessing you have been sick before, and it’s on those times that we are thankful that we have assess to health care. Unless you are an actual health care provider, you probably don’t think about h...

If you have ever had an alcohol or drug addiction (or have a family member who has suffered from an alcohol addiction) then you can understand how destructive addictions are. Most people who are trying to deal with addictions attempt to quit multiple times before they are successful. Ultimately, some people are never freed from their addiction. You may be able to go out and have...

So I would like to start this blog post with a brief history lesson on the history of the American Welfare System. As a response to the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt created the New Deal in the mid 30’s, which was relief for the unemployed and poor. Our current welfare system, which we know today, dates back to the mid 60’s and “The War on Poverty.” The War on Poverty...

Have you ever walked by a person that is homeless and been concerned that they might rob you, or thought “What if they come into my neighborhood? They might break into my house.” The thing you probably don’t realize is that you will most likely never be robbed by a homeless person unless you actually become homeless yourself. Have you ever been robbed? Have you been robbed in th...

Maybe when you see a person who appears to be homeless you have thought, “Why don’t you get a job?” You are probably thinking you would work three jobs before you would become homeless. What If I told you that no matter how many applications you put in, you can’t get a single job. It’s not that you’re not trying; you seriously can’t seem to get a job because you are now “Not Emp...

During the next six weeks we will be discussing issues that the homeless face, most of these issues you may not be aware of. There are issues that the homeless face that keep them from getting off the street that you may not realize. One of the reasons for this series is to try to help you gain a better understanding of the circumstances they find themselves in. It is really imp...