I read an article recently about the homeless dilemma by an expert. The expertise was in writing opinion articles not in being homeless. I was offended because the individual had gotten all his information from journals. He never even bothered to interview one person (surely it was not for the lack of homeless persons).
I’m not sure there are experts in homelessness. Even if you have been homeless it will still be from your vantage point.
I have been homeless three times. The first two times I was young and not afraid of life; being homeless was part of living and experiencing. I’ve always been able to live on little so having little was not really a struggle.
I have worked with a number of women who were on the run. That adds a dimension to homelessness that is more like predator and prey category. Add a child or two and you could quickly create a frightening scenario.
For me being homeless with the responsibility of children was a little less adventurous. Not knowing where, how, when or who put to many variables into life. I have learned that people when they are down and out are either taken by the hand and assisted or door after door shuts on them. Fortunately, even though I had doors slammed in my face by people I had trusted I was fortunate that there were doors along the way that opened (by unlikely people.)
These articles and poems have a two-fold purpose: to angst about my situation (I am still dealing with the effects of being homeless from bill collectors who don’t understand if you are homeless it’s because there is no money!), I am also hoping that you can look at the people who live in a shopping cart with a bit more compassion.