Sadly, homeless veterans make up about 40%+ of the homeless veteran population here in NYC.
They tend to be weighted down with severely debilitating problems of drug addiction and/or mental illness.
The homeless shelter system in NYC is overcrowded and underfunded.
It seems to be that the VA hospital system is overwhelmed by this problem. They have to deal with 3rd party homeless shelters who for some reason or another can not keep their respective homeless shelters safe from violence and their patrons from using drugs which compounds the homeless person's social and financial standing.
I know the problem is slightly different in Boston. At least from personal experience, the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, is an absolute success story. Yes, I stayed there for a brief period of time myself.
They need to replicate this model of a social reform system at a greater level and transplant it into NYC and many other underserved cities and regions.
As I travel to the VA, en route are vast tenements that at least appear to me mostly vacant. White elephants! Some one who thought they would ‘cash’ in on cheap accommodations. It was an enormous investment gone sour in that no one could afford what the speculator thought was economical and they predicted wrong. tsarstepan, I am reasonably assuredmany such white elephants exist in metropolitan areas because speculations such as this are common. The government could buy these for a wing an a prayer if what I think is true. Anyone who can afford such investments as these, don’t really hurt; they just hate bad investments and losing money. It’s a game to them.
Yes, that could “hold on” until someone comes up with a better idea for those properties, but if you will note, many such properties have been vacant for quite a while now. The real estate industry has always been a sham.
You won’t find the homeless in smaller cities. Hell, many of those don’t even exist anymore; just shells where the economic standard is drugs, using pain killers in a sad barter system among the poor. I know, I live in that environment. Pain pills are not only the most addictive substance there is, it's money too.
Anyone who has followed me in these domains know how I feel about the economics the world has used. IT SUCKS and always has. This is the first time I have ever taken an active part in fixing the system and what better place to start in making sure those innocent and naive who were pawns in wars get what they deservedly have coming to them.
Their loses have been unmeasurable. Most would be surprised how so little they would be satisfied with. Please, don’t anyone talk of charity anymore. Those organizations suck too. Most of those resources never get to the end user. You’ve heard of bureaucratic bullsh*t, surely. How many innocent people are stuck in all that mire. Some of you perhaps? Something about “a piece of the pie”, ha! The homeless could only wish!
Getting possession from the claws of those who have so much, one begins to wonder who is actually insane!? Watching CSPAN gives me a head ache, conversing with the homeless gives me a heart ache. You would be amazed at THEIR constitution. They most assuredly can redefine “resourcefulness”. Yes, they are survivors and there are reasons, physical and metaphysical, why they are that. Yes, being saved has something to so with it mysteriously so. Ha! Not a play on words. Really!
I’m just getting started; amazing for a 62 year old man to say that, huh!? I have left my contact information with those who are afraid to advance my calls to such authoritative people. No one has called me back as yet. That means something is being done or they are ducking under their desks or passing the buck until some one tells them to hang up or shut up. It’s amazing how the truth cannot be denied once one specifically asks for it. I simply ask for answer. “Why should any veteran be homeless?” and the stuttering begins.
It’s really funny actually. When I say “No, that’s not an answer, that’s an excuse”, they have no idea what I am talking about, ha! Duh!!!. I laugh and say it’s not your fault please connect me with one would know that answer and that’s when they say “I can’t! I don’t want to lose my job”. Getting to those so many idiots at the top who rely on the innocent to protect them is truly a senseless phenomena.
I do hope by bringing that question here, others will help and call to any government agency any one can think of and ask the same question. Homeless in America? The land of the free? Please tell me why, especially for those who fought and died to insure that it stayed that way.
Was it ever? Yes, research ‘colonial script’. Research also ‘Greenbacks’ and the real reason why Lincoln and Kennedy were assassinated. I could humbly be wrong, but those sites make sense to me.
Now I know many of you have more than you need. That doesn’t mean you are greedy, just afraid. There are no “metaphorical” rainy days only consequences to imagine there are.