Homeless In America

Reblogger Debbie Rumsey
Real Estate Agent with Sea Coast Exclusive Properties, Encinitas, CA 01335928

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Homeless In America

"There but for the grace of God, go I" - attributed to John Bradford, 16th Century

In any given night in America, 700,000 to 2 million people have no home to go to. Staggering statistic? Yes. And these numbers were from 1996.


In Colorado Springs, Fountain Creek runs parallel to Interstate 25.
It has become 'home' to many of the city's considerable homeless population. It is estimated that Colorado Spring's chronic homeless number about 350 persons, and about 750 more have joined the homeless population due to job loss. That puts the number of people living on the streets, or along the creek bed, at approximately 1100.

Homeless in America

Local Shelters are filled to capacity, and while the city struggles to find a solution, the homeless camps remain. Some cities around the country are providing basic services to their 'tent cities' on public land, such as portable toilets, (which I saw today at a few of the camps I photographed), trash pick up, firewood, and mobile medical vans.

Homeless in America

A few of the homeless are there because they want to be. Most are not.

Homeless in America

 

Homeless in America

Why not designate an area, provide the needed services, and give these people a place to live with some dignity while we all await better times?

Homeless in America

Proudly, in just 24 hours, we as Americans donated 10 million dollars to the relief effort in Haiti.

Homeless in America

Granted, it's not on the same scale, but are the fast growing tent cities across America not also a crisis?

Homeless in America

Statistics show that most homeless are men. But more and more women and children are joining them as families lose their jobs, and with them, the ability to pay rent. This is a cold, and dangerous way to live.

While I took these photos in Colorado Springs, I'm sure they are indiscernible from any other city in the country.


 

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Robin Basichis
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I live in Las Vegas, and although I visit Coloradao frequently I don't know what the vacancy rates of residential and commercial buildings are.  In Nevada there are so many abandoned homes and empty warehouses that you would only need to utilize a fraction of them to get the homeless off the street.  There is a tent cities here in Vegas.  Some of them are along highway 15 and in parts of North Las Vegas. There has to be some kind of grassroots effort to get the homeless that want to come in from the could proper food and shelter.  If we can drop 10 million for the Haiti Earthquake relief in a hearbeat why can't we do something for the suffering here at home, or is it more fashionable to lend a helping hand to third world countries?  I feel it was right to give relief and aid to Haiti, but at the same time charity begins at home. 

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Claude Cross
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These photos were hard to look at. This is the result of many forces. We as a county can fix part of this. And we should. We don't have to go abroad to find suffering. Thank you for this post.

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