53. Push For State Homelessness Prevention Programs
While states routinely supply aid for the poor and homeless, many do not
have programs provide funds and other services to those who will lose their
homes in the immmediate future unless something is done. Homelessness comes at
great financial and human cost to the families who are evicted or foreclosed.
What does it take for a state to have an effective, low-cost homelessness
prevention program? It takes enlightenment advocates and a few thousand people
in and out of government who are convinced that homelessness is a problem that
can be solved.
The men and women who create, promote, and support programs to help the
homeless are average citizens, like you and me. The people who establish
shelters in churches and synagogues and centers for "hopelessness prevention"
are the ones we sit next to on Friday nights or Sunday mornings. There are no
miracles here. Only concern for others.