Monday, February 12, 2007

A Low & Old National Homeless Count

This past Friday the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH)released some homeless counts that were from 2005. This is the first national count in more than a decade and yet it still lacks in an accurate count of those of us who live on the street.

I had noticed that the count for here in Utah was at 2,104, which is far below the states average of over 3,800 homeless people.

NAEH also stated that the Bush administration is to develop 150,000 units of housing for people who have been homeless for a long period. This is actually an embarrassment to a country who's wealth is at the top of all throughout the world, and when Veterans of the Iraq war are coming back to find that they to among the homeless. What a shame.

When these counts were done, I'm sure that many of us who were living on the streets were totally ignored. I for one have yet to see or hear anyone ask about a homeless count. The fact is here in Salt Lake City where a few of us camp out, even the local programs fail to acknowledge or come to aid the few camped among the hills.

Yea, the US House of Representatives recently passed a bill to spend $115 million for HUD's homeless assistance grants program. This is paltry compared to the war chest that is being spent and at a time when the oil industry seen there hugest profits.

NAEH stated that the shortage of affordable housing is the main culprit of many people being homeless. Well, I can attest to that, along with once you actually find a source to help get you in a home, the doors are slammed in your face.

I'm still praying that many will get to move in off the streets during this year,and yea I hope to be one soon. I'll also pledge to do my best at working as a advocate by letter writing and speaking to many of the political people who can make a difference.

The homeless numbers reported by NAEH are extremely low and the dollars spent to end the homelessness are a drop in the bucket for this very wealthy country.

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Nathan Patrick Dell said...

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Archived Posts February 2007 Justice for Children
Feb 27, 2007 | 9:53 AM
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Edit | Delete I recently had a very different experience at K2 the Church. Our son was invited to go camping with the Director of Adventure Canyon and several other children from from the church. They were supposed to go to Moab. When they returned the little ones piled out of the Jeep and started to tell me and my wife all about their adventures. It was and remains to be a very disturbing experience. He took the children on a four state journey without a chaperon and without the permission of the parents. We had no idea where our son and the other children were for the entire weekend. Transporting children across state lines without the permission of the parent is a federal offence. The first night he received a speeding ticket. Then he took the boys to a casino. Later they went to a hotel where they all went swimming late at night. Since they were not prepared for this they did not have swimming trunks. Sollution? Skinny dipping in a public pool. When they finished they all slept together in the hotel room. I was extremely upset by this and confronted this person and the church leaders. This person admitted to me and my wife that he did have a problem with pedophlia. Later we found out that he had been investigated for the same behavior before he was hired as the Director of Adventure Canyon at K2 the Church. They still hired him. After this he was removed as the director. They rewarded him with a mission trip for one year to Honduras financed and facilitated by the church ministering to families! Families have children. They also gave him a lavish going away party and no one was told about any of this. How can parents make an educated decision about child care if they are not warned? Our family has been devastated. We were ostrasized by the leaders of the church , our son and none of the other children ever received counseling. To this day they will not return my calls. We were simply trying to do the right thing. Please be careful when choosing a church. A flashy package and a new approach can never replace integrity and it is my sincere desire that this does not happen to your family. Sincerly.. Nathan Patrick Dell
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