Help the Homeless

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    If you can, please do something for the homeless. Not just now because it is Christmas but whenever you can.

    I saw something last night that rocked me straight to the core and I will never be the same. I don't want to get into the details of what I saw because it's just too damn sad to share.

    Many of us have no clue how good we have it.

    I'm begging you all, please, go out and help your fellow man anyway you can.

    - Matt
     
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    Thank you, Val.

    Guys I can't stress it enough. If you aren't comfortable giving money, volunteer. Or buy food. Donate clothing or medical supplies. Blankets. Whatever you can do.
     
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    Factors Contributing to Homelessness

    Automobile related - Broken down car, no insurance, tickets, etc.
    Decline in Public Assistance - Current TANF benefits and food stamps combined are below the poverty level in every state; in fact, the median TANF benefit for a family of three is approximately one-third of the poverty level. Thus, contrary to popular opinion, welfare does not provide relief from poverty.
    Divorce - Divorce often leaves one of the spouses homeless. Most often it’s the father, but sometimes it’s the mother and children or everyone involved.
    Domestic Violence - Battered women who live in poverty are often forced to choose between abusive relationships and homelessness.
    Drug and Alcohol related problems - Rates of alcohol and drug abuse are disproportionately high among the homeless population.
    Illness - For families and individuals struggling to pay the rent, a serious illness or disability can start a downward spiral into homelessness, beginning with a lost job, depletion of savings to pay for care, and eventual eviction.
    Job loss - No income to pay rent.
    Lack of affordable housing- The lack of affordable housing has lead to high rent burdens (rents which absorb a high proportion of income), overcrowding, and substandard housing.
    Lack of child support - In families where child support is ordered but not paid, the decrease in income can lead to an inability to pay rent, utilities, or both.
    Low wages - Declining wages have put housing out of reach for many workers: in every state, more than the minimum wage is required to afford a one- or two-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent.
    Mental Illness - Approximately 20-25% of the single adult homeless population suffer from some form of severe and persistent mental illness.
    Natural Disaster / Fire - Situations where due to chance a fire, tornado, flood or hurricane renders housing inhabitable.
    Physical Disabilities - Disabled individuals may be unable to work or find appropriate employment. For those receiving SSI, they often struggle to obtain and maintain stable housing.
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - This disorder is common with veterans and those that have been in violent situations. It can make it difficult to have a stable life.
    Poverty - Being poor means being an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.
    Roommates - When one or more roommates falls through with their end of the bargain, they can be a reason for others becoming homeless.
    Severe Depression - Can make it impossible for an individual to maintain a stable life.
    Tragedy - It is surprising how many people just quit functioning because their families died or were killed...sometimes recently...other times 15 years ago...other times 30 years ago.

    Causes of Homelessness
     
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    And here all this time I thought it was just cuz they're all lazy libtards. :dunno:
     
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    I have in the past and will in the future.

    Honestly this time of year if you have old blankets/warm cloathes you aren't going to wear instead of dumping them at the salvation army or one of those donate cloathing dumpsters physically take it into the city and pass out stuff to the homeless you do see (not the panhandlers who just left their appartment but the dude you see who is obviously living in that spot in the back alley).

    For our fellow MA residents who wish to help but don't know how please go to this website Volunteering: Massachusetts - HUD or check here http://www.nationalhomeless.org/index.html

    But honestly the best thing you can do is physically bring some warm cloathes or food to these people if you have the time to do so....that way you know your help goes to the right place.

     
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