by Renee Crosby
Is homelessness in our country really an epidemic, or is the media just making a big stink out of it for journalistic sensationalism?
You tell me. What are your thoughts? Here is something for you to think about: In America based on an average classroom size of 30, in every state, in every city, in every town, in every school, in every classroom, there is one homeless student. (http://new.homelesschildreneamerica.org/mediadocs/275.pdf)
Well if that is not enough for us to classify homelessness as an epidemic in our country—then I don’t know what is. Let’s get a visual, shall we?
“For baseball games, Yankee Stadium seats 50,287. If all the homeless people who now live in New York City used the stadium for a gathering, several thousand of them would have to stand.”- source http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/10/28/hidden-city
Realistically, nothing I can say or show you can convict your heart to ponder the homeless in our country. You probably already believe we have a problem or you don’t. So, I will cut to the chase. What are we to do? What do you think we should do? How can we help? Who should be helping? Is this a government evaluation of social programs and their effectiveness? Is it a charity issue of taking from the haves and giving to the have nots? Is this about not giving a man a fish, but teaching him how to fish?
Well, all I can say is that if you don’t know much about the homeless and the life of a homeless person, maybe it’s time to take a peek into their world to try to figure out what if anything can be done.
In my book The Fringe- A Secret Society, one homeless woman comes to break the silence and mystery of their world. She shares true stories of those she met living as a homeless woman on the run from an abuser. In the end, as she learns about their plight, she hopes to build a bridge between the ignorance of society to their private world with compassion and awareness for who they are.