technically, the “lack” is not a “scourge on society”, unless you mean “Scourge” as in “a whip used as an instrument of punishment” and it would be used only against a certain part of our society. “Scourge” as in “a person or thing that causes great trouble or suffering” the “lack” would be the “scourge OF society”, for its failure to sustain a normalcy of life that is consistent with human dignity of empowerment of the individual, rather than a debasement and punishment of society on those who don’t find their way with those that perpetrate and prosecute the mindset of inequality that gives an unnatural societal model creating lack, hence a harshly exposed punishment, for some in the tribe with which we are all a part of in any one space on the planet or another. just musing out loud how we perceive and communicate the problem and all that underlies the issues of “general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty” and all that jazz! =) great article!
[tc_dropcap]Last night in San Francisco, 6436 of our neighbors slept on the streets or in shelters.[/tc_dropcap]
The lack of affordable, safe, and supportive housing is a scourge on society. It costs $90K to maintain a human being on the streets for a year, compared to $18K to provide supportive housing to a previously homeless person. Over the last 10 years, an influx of 75,000 people have moved to San Francisco, while only 17,000 new housing units have been built.
We can end chronic homelessness by 2020 by providing affordable, safe, and supportive housing options to the homeless and by electing representatives who will fight for housing as a basic human need.
But providing support means understanding that the needs of the homeless extend beyond housing.
“They” are individuals and they need to be able to tell their stories.
Stories like Ronnie Goodman’s, a 54-year old artist and half marathon runner in…
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