Giving Up Control

As a single mother, and always used to being in control of everything, how do you all of a sudden give up all control, and move in with another family, to avoid being on the streets? And having your children taken away from you? How do you learn to live by someone else’s rules again, like when you were young, and in your parent’s house? How do you speak up for the things you believe in, in a home that is not your own, for fear of being thrown out, and ending up homeless again? Why is it that people never recognize the things you do for them daily, to show appreciation, and only nit pick at the one thing you forgot to do? To bite one’s tongue is the hardest of all lessons.

Police called on you. (“Money, the root of all evil.”)

As a homeless person, people will constantly call the police on you. If you’re either sleeping on benches or in front of a property. The hardest thing for me to get over was the fact that a few people called police on me for inquiring about properties that are for rent in my own city/neighborhood. These people were too rich to be bothered by my needs and that of my children’s. So much so that they wanted to inflict even more pain and fear on me, as a struggling single mom. I think that God wanted to show my older girl, that having so much money and earthly processions, can make you lose sight of what’s really important in the world. Like giving, and helping out your community and the less fortunate. If this was done to a mom dressed nice, walking around with a $200.00 stroller and two clean, beautiful girls, I can’t even imagine the evils that are inflicted upon the depressed, dirty, tired, used up, drunken in his sorrows, old, wrinkled by time, homeless man. The rich are evil, and they have no mercy!

Policies dealing with homelessness

There are several policies dealing with homelessness. In 1980 the government decided to start sending funding to the homeless, but it was not until 1984 that shelters were built to accommodate and feed them. As it was shown though seventy percent required the homeless to attend a religious ceremony and spend only a couple of nights there. In the 1987 McKinney Act the problem with homelessness became known as a huge social problem. Later on, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (P.L. 107-110) amended the program explicitly to prohibit states that receive McKinney-Vento funds from segregating homeless students from non-homeless students, except for short periods of time for health and safety emergencies or to provide temporary, special, supplementary services. The Chronic Homelessness Initiative. The Bush Administration established a national goal of ending chronic homelessness in ten years, by 2012. The idea of a 10-year plan to end chronic homelessness began as a part of a 10-year plan to end homelessness in general adopted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH) in 2000. The following year, then-Secretary Martinez announced HUD’s commitment to ending chronic homelessness at the NAEH annual conference. In 2002, as a part of his FY2003 budget, President Bush made “ending chronic homelessness in the next decade a top objective.” The bi-partisan, congressionally mandated, Millennial Housing Commission, in its Report to Congress in 2002, included ending chronic homelessness in 10 years among its principal recommendations. By 2003, the Interagency Council on Homelessness had been re-engaged and charged with pursuing the President’s 10-year plan. The Administration has recently undertaken some collaborative efforts to reach its goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years. On October 1, 2003, the Administration announced the award of over $48 million in grants aimed at serving the needs of the chronically homeless through two initiatives. The “Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing” initiative was a collaborative grant offered jointly by HUD[50] and the Department of Labor (DOL). The initiative offered $10 million from HUD and $3.5 million from DOL to help the chronically homeless in five communities gain access to employment and permanent housing. Section 8 is the core housing program that helps extremely low-income families accommodate the gap between their incomes below 30 percent of the median income for each community. The government assists homeless families by awarding grants and vouchers. Vouchers are available to the families who are most needy and they are used to pay for housing found in the private market. Currently there are policy changes in who receives vouchers and there will be a reduction in the amount of vouchers granted to the homeless population.

On May 20, 2009, President Barack Obama signed the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009. The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes. The HEARTH Act of 2009 consolidated HUD’s competitive grant programs, created a Rural Housing Stability Program, changed HUD’s definition of homelessness and chronic homelessness, supplied a simplified match requirement, increased prevention resources and increased in the emphasis on performance. The primary purpose of the legislation was to define homelessness terms: “homeless,” “homeless individual,” “homeless person,” and “homeless individual with a disability.”