When Homelessness Is A Distant Part Of History, Your Job Will Be Done
It was the title of Bebe Nicholson’s last post that grabbed me.
“Why The Homeless Woman in Our Church Will Not Be Coming Back”
And I thought, what has she done — surely they won’t be banning her?
Clever title, Bebe.
A good title is what draws people into a post, and this one did not disappoint.
What had actually happened for one homeless woman, was that she now has a permanent place to live.
However modest, she has a roof over her head, and peace of mind, which, at the end of the day, is just what we all want…except when we want so much more. That’s a trap for the unwary. The more we have, the more we want.
About Bebe’s parishioners
There’s a neat, not-so-little program going on in her church, a movement to provide hope for those without hope, shelter, and anything else they need to be independent.
The fact is, there is a tendency to marginalize homeless people, because it must have been something that they did, or didn’t do.
But the real fact is that many of those who find themselves on the streets, are not homeless by design, certainly not in this present climate.
I have written about a number of people who were rendered homeless in recent times, and these were people with employment, people with children, people renting their homes (long-term) and then suddenly rents soared out of control and landlords cashed in on the prospect of making more money.
There was no soft landing for the renters, even those given six months’ respite to find a new home.
Most of them were unable to find alternative homes, affordability and scarcity being the two issues.
One particular man, a traffic controller, was deemed to be earning too much and not eligible for government help. Well, if that’s deemed to be such a high salary when you have rent to pay and mouths to feed, words fail me.