Quote: Originally Posted by selfactivated
Our town's Mayor has made it against the law for people to hang out down town....Why? because its Richmonds 400th aniversary. And its unsightly. Screw that......arrest people for being homeless? Wheres the sense in that? I go to the pantry if its absolutely dire need cause it costs me 5 in gas to get there! Its degrading enough to be without food let alone needing it and not being able to get there! The lil deaf girl down there gets mad at me for not coming more often and when I do go (twice a year tops) Im in tears. ......im done.......im gonna go watch my movie. This world isnt going to ever change until it developes compassion.
I truly don't believe compassion is the only thing getting in the way of the world changing.
So often people are not willing to ask for help when it's needed. If frustrates me personally. I pay money in taxes (we lose in the neighborhood of 43% of our money to taxes), and I spend money and give food to support food banks. To know that there are government programs I've been forced to pay into, and other programs Ive chosen to pay into, which are available, and someone is letting themselves go hungry rather than use them... it frustrates me to no end.
if people would ask for help when it's needed, rather than when it's too late, it would help a lot. Your case is a prime example. What stops you from heading to the pantry when you are down to the last $15 in grocery money? That way you know you have money for gas. Why spend every last cent before being willing to go? You deserve more. People contribute, so that you can have more, not have to leave it until you're in absolute desperation. You're worth that.
And as for your mayor's law... hmmm... I'm torn on that. Knowing that the homeless will be picked up, and dealt with in some manner, that's not a bad thing necessarily. Especially since in the city I'm moving to, most of the 'loitering' is from panhandling teens looking for drinking money, not actual homeless people. But, if you have to pick up a homeless person, then you have to address their homelessness in some way shape or form. Setting them up in shelters, finding a social program in which they would fit. I've seen the results of invisible homelessness, when my friend worked the Pickton pig farm dig, helping to sift through the dirt and pig excrement for bits of bone and teeth from dead hookers that no one knew were gone. I'd much rather those poor women had been arrested and acknowledged, had been on someone's agenda, someone's list of things to change. Allowing them to walk the streets isn't an answer.