Have you heard about the statistics surrounding homelessness today? I honestly believe they’d shock you. I know they shocked me some. For instance, in Philadelphia there are about 15,000 people who are homeless, 700 of whom receive no shelter whatsoever.
I was actually told about one of these ladies tonight. Unfortunately, she’s pregnant. I went in search of her, but couldn’t find her. I want to check in with her and possibly get her some prenatal vitamins, so I’ll head out looking for her again tomorrow. Pray that I’ll find her.
While 7 hours away, to the west of the same state, in Pittsburgh there are only 1,492 homeless people with only 38 of them receiving no shelter.
What’s even more shocking though is how different cities are taking care of their homeless populations.
In Philadelphia, there’s obviously not enough beds. While 110 beds were added during the DNC, these beds are now gone.
In Pittsburgh city officials are forcing people off the streets, out of the homeless encampments. The most recent homeless encampment to be torn down was located under the bridge spanning from Second Avenue across the Mon River to the Southside River Trail. Homeless people were living there in hopes of getting a cool breeze from a truck passing by overhead. I’m sorry but if we’re so inhumane as to not understand this, then we’ve got a real problem. This isn’t the way people are choosing to live and, yes, they deserve better. Tearing down such encampments aren’t helping anyone.
Even those who claim they’re scared of these homeless people really need to stop and think that “but by the grace of God, there go I.” After all, there are honestly much more civilized ways of dealing with things. It’s rather sad when teenagers can think of these ways while so many adults would rather turn a blind eye or run, screaming they’re scared. In all honesty, most of the homeless population won’t hurt anyone, but definitely need our help. It’s the few members of the homeless population who are strung out on drugs and desperate enough they’ll do anything to get their next fix. Those are far and few between, while most homeless people simply are really down on their luck and need some help.
This is something some teens in Portland, Oregon understood. They attend Oregon Episcopal School where they’re required to do service hours to graduate. While they could have done any type of service project, they chose to build a tiny house (10 by 12 feet).
Where do you stand? What would you do if you were given the chance?