Homeless Nashville

How do you describe being homeless? Growing up in a middle class family, doing all the right things. Then one day, you are on the street.What Happens now?

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Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Now that I am no longer homeless, I still hope to help others. There are a few who truly want off the streets, out of the soup lines. Back to a "normal" way of living. Everyone who is homeless isn't a bum, nor a criminal. There are those that just need a chance. My first day as a homeless person was April 1st, 1997. From then on its been an unreal experience. Not one I would suggest anyone go thru, but one I know I have learned from. I hope in some way this blog helps you, the reader know a little about me. But more important , I hope it helps you understand a little more about homeless people in general.


Addition to 2.09.2005

I would like to continue this discussion, from the last post.
It's a subject I believe is worthy of discussion and contemplation. Please read the previous post before moving on.
Lets look at the federal budget.I think most Americans believe the federal government is the proverbial "800 pound gorilla".
Not only because of the huge budget it incurs, but just that the scope of the government is too broad. The politicians who supposedly represent the people , now pay more attention to the lobbists than their own constituents.

When the U S Constitution was established it gave the Federal government limited powers.The 10th Amendment declared all powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are to be reserved to the states respectively , or to the people.Over the years however we have allowed federal government powers to increase. Especially in the area of social programs. Our individual states have to deal with policy concerning education, poverty and homelessness . Why have the federal government do trying to do the same thing at that level. Needless redundancy.
When did the federal government decide to be all things to all people?
Before the New Deal came long the poor and those afflicted with disease, both physical and mental, relied on churches and charities.
But during the Great depression, millions of Americans became dependent upon these sources and they weren't equipped to handle the need. President Roosevelt, along with Congress wrote legislation,"The New Deal", to provide federally-funded aid.
Programs like the WPA(Work Projects Adminstration),AFDC(Aid to Families with dependent Children) and Social Security were created. This also was the start of the shift towards more government control and involvement in the day-to-day lives of Americans.
In the 1960's President Johnson's War on Poverty was begun. "The Great Society" it was termed.
President Nixon created SSI (Supplemental social Security) and expanded the Food Stamp program.
All of these programs have had from 30 to 60 years to do their work. Have they? or is it still status quo? Are people still without jobs? Without training? Are we actually tackling the problem or throwing money at it, in an attempt to "plug the dike"?
President Reagan stated in 1981, "the federal government is not part of the solution, but part of the problem."
In 1994 , one of the main focuses of Congress was as John Kasich from Ohio put it"to return money, power and responsibility to the states".
President Clinton, in his 1996 State of the Union address declared that"the era of big government is over", by proposals that granted states more power in operating programs.
Its a start.
1996 President Clinton signed the Personal Responsibility and work Opportunity Act, ending direct guaranteed cash assistance to poor families with children and giving the state the authority to run their own welfare programs thru block grants. The federal government had allowed welfare to become a lifelong entitlement. A "government job" for many.
The federal government was way to bureaucratic and inefficient to properly administer any program.

In 1997 at the President's Summit for America's future, Clinton said that "much of the work [of America] cannot be done by government alone. The solution must be the American people through voluntary service to others."
Adults and students alike volunteer with local charity groups and help take a fiscal load off these groups. But there are many jobs within programs such as giving counseling that need full time case workers.
Here we can go to the private sector, which relies on tax breaks and tax incentives to operate at a fiscally sound means. How?
By tying in these incentives to helping finance and support our educational, health and human services programs.

I have only a couple of hours a day here in the library, so I will try my best to get as much of this written as possible each day


Anonymous The Grumpy Old Man said...

Fred, I just wanted to say thanks for the kinds words you wrote about me earlier in your blog. I have enjoyed reading what you have to write. I have decided to put my blog back up and will put a link to yours when I get a chance. Thanks as always and keep up the good work.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Fred F. said...

Welcome back!

7:27 AM  

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