Home... a word that brings up so many deep and beautiful feelings... comfort, love, belonging, security. Most people reading this blog cannot imagine or understand how that word can also conjure up the opposite... alienation, sadness, longing, insecurity.
However on any given night in Seattle’s King County, over 8,000 men, women and children are homeless. 2,500 of those people are considered “chronically homeless.”
When I read something like that, it strikes me that I did not even realize that there was a condition called “chronically homeless,” is defined by the federal government as ““either (1) an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has
been continuously homeless for a year or more, OR (2) an unaccompanied individual
with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past
three years.” You realize the severity of the problem in those brief moments it takes to read the words.
We’ve posted quite a few blogs about homelessness. Its just one of those issues that is for lack of better words, is “so close to home.” Its a problem in America, in Australia, in Hong Kong and every other country in the world. Belinda mentioned some statistics on homelessness around the world in her blog post here.
Its been a problem for all of time, most likely. Nameless homeless men and women are seen in books and movies set in every time period in history. But that’s just it... these people are not nameless. They have names, and families and hopes and dreams, just like you and me. Like our post about Carey and her children and the real face of homelessness and many more that you can watch interviews with InisiblePeople.TV...more
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Have you ever read a famous inspirational quote and thought, “I could have said it better!”? ...more
It’s refreshing to pull a cucumber from the cracks of an urban concrete. ...more