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29
Jun
09

205.Health Care Reform & The VA System:Here We Go Again?

reformAmerica is on the brink of making some very important decisions as relates to healthcare in this country. Currently, our politicians are bouncing around various proposals for the future of healthcare in America. Most recently Congress reported “trimming” this healthcare bill to $1 trillion .The facts about our current healthcare system support the need for some serious realignment in order to cover the healthcare needs of more Americans.

FACT: One-third of adults (31 percent) and more than half of all children (54 percent) do not have a primary care doctor (National Medical Expenditure Panel Survey) Continue reading ‘205.Health Care Reform & The VA System:Here We Go Again?’

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08
Dec
08

184. Foreclosures “Bail Out” Homeless

 

Foreclosure Squatting

 

 (Max Rameau stands in front of foreclosed property:Source AP)

 

 

At the heart of the issue of homelessness is the scarity of resources available to help the growing numbers of homeless Americans.  The homeless population in America has never been as diverse as it is in our current time.  Due to the recent economic climate we are seeing an unprecedented rise in homelessness that includes a diverse group of veterans, the middle class,women& children and people who are employed but who cannot afford housing. The causes behind each story of homelessness  is varied but all our homeless citizens share one common theme: they face grim prospects for finding shelter and supportive services on a daily basis during the current economic recession.


Where do people go when they loose their homes or are unable to pay for rent? A survey by the National Coalition for The Homeless shows that shelters for the homeless only provide shelter for less than 40% of people in need of basic services.  Viewed another way…on any given night only 4 out of 10 people without a place to call home  will gain entrance to community shelters that  provide a heated space, safety from the streets and a basic meal.  As the numbers of our homeless citizens continue to rise due to the economic trends , emergency & transition shelters continues to fall behind needs.

 

 

Where Do People Go When They Loose Their Home: Source

                                           California

Florida

Kentucky

            Minnesota

Texas

 

Family/friends

23%

29%

38%

                    38%

16%

 

Emergency shelter

15%

25%

19%

                    29%

16%

 

Transition shelter

16%

12%

0%

                    8%

5%

 

On the streets

16%

17%

13%

17%

16%

 

Rental home

18%

13%

25%

4%

5%

 

Don’t know

3%

0%

0%

4%

37%

 

Other

9%

4%

6%

0%

5%

 

 

Source: National Coalition for the Homeless e-mail survey of 117 local and state homeless coalitions conducted Jan. 22-March 15. Note: May not equal 100% due to rounding.

 

Continue reading ‘184. Foreclosures “Bail Out” Homeless’

08
May
08

146. Tacoma, Washington Chokes off Aid to Homeless forcing Shelter Closure

Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

In the news the other day I am saddened to see another shelter of the Homeless being threatened. This time it is in Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma is well known as being a national leader in being tough on Homeless Persons. Whenever I think of Tacoma, I think of good old Tom Tuttle from Tacoma from the movie Volunteers. Every time I think of Tacoma, I think of John Candy’s goodly character that joins the Peace Corps to do good in the world and singing “Fight, Fight Fight for Washington State…”. The City of Tacoma is quite the opposite well when it comes to doing good on their own streets. Continue reading ‘146. Tacoma, Washington Chokes off Aid to Homeless forcing Shelter Closure’

03
May
08

145. Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina

 NC Governor Mike Easley

 

To Be Political… is not me

I am going to make a political statement for North Carolina.

Governor Mike Easley took close to 1 million dollars for a grant from VA and HUD to refer veterans back to his own state agencies. These monies did nothing more than go into other peoples pockets. These grants were earmarked for homeless veterans and then rediverted.

http://wanderingvets.com/2007/10/25/an-inconvenient-truthcattle-drives/

Creating a phone line to redirect caller veterans back to the VA or other state departments under the guise of the Governors Charities… or the Governors Trust whatever. 

  I have a Mike Easley story about how money paves the way… Continue reading ‘145. Governor Mike Easley of North Carolina’

01
Apr
08

137. Who’s Counting / Part 1

arlington.jpg(This is where the VA says a lot of Homeless Veterans found housing last year!)

I have thoroughly written numerous discourses on the state of homelessness in this nation when it comes to how the Department of Veterans Affairs has been handling it jointly with Housing and Urban Development.

I found an interesting quote from John Burroughs (1837-1921), an American essayist and naturalist from earlier last century, who said:

It is always easier to believe than to deny. Our minds are naturally affirmative.

When VA Secretary James Peake stated that Veteran Homelessness fell by 40,000 or 21% of the Homeless Veterans, without explanation as to how the VA accomplished this miracle, he must have been thinking of Burroughs.

The now departing HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, in his 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, stated that Homelessness had not increased nor decreased in the United States in over ten years. On March 31st 2008, he stated in his resignation speech that during his tenure he had “reduced chronic homelessness.” If homelessness neither went up nor down, how did he reduce it?

These agencies used the News Media (Fox News, ABC News, CBS News, Associated Press, Reuters) and nonprofits such as the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, among others, to parrot this incorrect information. I strongly fault all of the above for not RESEARCHING before reporting, or following up.

Continue reading ‘137. Who’s Counting / Part 1′

16
Mar
08

132. Cities Losing Taxpayers to Homelessness

foreclosure.jpg 

Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

In listening to the news about foreclosures being at its all time worst for the last 26 months, I have been wondering: Where all these homeowners have been going?

I have been reading about some creative homeless guys in Cleveland, Ohio who have been living in foreclosed homes that still have the power and water turned on. Does that make them homeless still?  Continue reading ‘132. Cities Losing Taxpayers to Homelessness’

13
Mar
08

131. Presidential Candidates Forget Vets Again

presidents.jpg Dear Friends and Wanderingvets:

After the departure of a certain candidate from running for president, there has been total silence on homeless veterans among the political candidates running for office. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Others are suddenly silent for months regarding Homeless Veterans. Actually no candidates for office are talking about them anymore…

Since then, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Dr. James Peake has announced a miracle of 21% reduction in veteran homelessness due to the fact that World War II and Korean War Veterans have died at a rate of over 1,000 a day. This supposedly reduced the number of homeless veterans by over 40,000. Good Job VA!

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Alphonso Jackson has stated in the 2007 Annual Homeless Assessment Report presented before Congress that: Homelessness remained level regardless of the fact that there was a 6% increase in population since the last survey.

Last evening on CNN there was over 40,000 foreclosures for February

During this accounting period for 2008 during what is a 90 day count for homelessness. According to the last year survey, at least for the month of February, 1,000 of those people excluding family members will have ended up in emergency shelters. If you add those from apartment evictions that is greater than 12,000 excluding family members. 

I do not understand how Mr. Jackson and HUD can say that Homelessness has stayed level after 26 straight months of record foreclosures and evictions from apartments. The only way the VA can say that Veteran Homelessness reduced was through the mortality rate and not through anything they have accomplished to relieve the statistic otherwise.

Wanderingvet.




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