This week’s Trash Can Bloggers writing prompt asks – What Would You Do If You Were Homeless? That is such a loaded question. I’ve never been put in that position and I can’t even begin to imagine what I would do if I were to find myself in that situation.
My second encounter was when I went to visit my sister in California in my mid-twenties. I was never so taken back by the people begging for money, the mothers who had their kids begging for money, and the homeless who would eat out of trash cans. I never thought about where they slept – that never really hit me because I didn’t see that part. And in all honesty, I didn’t know what to think of all those people. I was young, naive and really knew nothing about homeless people – we just didn’t have them in our area like we do today.
Here I am in my fifties now and I know of many homeless people. These people live on the river banks and under bridges – some in tents, some in cars, some on/in cardboard boxes. Many work but housing is too expensive to secure a place they can afford because they are disabled. Some can’t find work. Some choose to live the way they do because they can’t get out of the mindset they are in – addiction.
The latter set of individuals will never move on for the mere fact that they blow all the money they do have on drugs and alcohol. I learned through a dear friend whose husband chose to live that way when they split, that these addicts get their paychecks or Social Security checks and take turns purchasing the drugs and alcohol throughout the month.
Back this past spring of 2013, the city demanded these people move off the river banks. Where were they to go? The city didn’t help them find housing or offer them substance abuse rehab – nothing was offered to them.
I find it so hard that with today’s technology and today’s building structures that there aren’t more shelters and more assistance to help these individuals. I get angry that the USA supports so many other countries when our own people are living sub-standard. I find it hard that many don’t have the proper medical care or food for their bodies. It’s hard to take that if people don’t know where to ask for help – they are left in the dust.
Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were homeless? There are so many reasons as to why one could suddenly become homeless – it’s a loaded question though when you’re the one who’s being asked what you would do.