Advice for ending homelessness

!2 Baskets Magazine The latest issue of 12 Baskets Magazine has some heartbreaking stories, I think. You’ve got to read the one about Rain. (That’s her, left.) She’s a homeless girl who lives on the streets of Austin with her friends. She shouldn’t have to sleep on the street. She didn’t do anything wrong.

She did, however, get a ticket for violating Austin’s Sleep-Lie Ordinance, which prohibits anyone from, well, sitting or lying on a downtown street. (Austin is one of the few cities in the country that has such an ordinance.) She couldn’t possibly pay the ticket, but she still carries it in her backpack, along with tampons, a change of clothes, a blanket and a spiral with some of her drawings. These are all of her possessions. Everything she owns.

We could help her, and in fact, LifeWorks does. Probably a number of other basic needs and emergency needs nonprofits, too. If you support these nonprofits, you’re doing a good thing. But maybe there’s something else you could do…? Something that might prevent more girls like Rain from sleeping on the streets…?

Here are some things you could do:

  1. Be a good neighbor.
  2. Make up with your sister after that fight.
  3. Take the morning off of work to visit your friend’s kid in the hospital.
  4. Knock on the door of the old lady down the street, the one who just talks and talks, and ask her how she’s doing.
  5. Drive an hour out of your way to visit those cousins you haven’t seen in a while.
  6. When you’re out shopping for yourself and you see something your mother might like, get it for her even if it isn’t her birthday or anything.
  7. Send a card to your uncle that made you think of him.
  8. For heaven’s sake, babysit your sister’s children for one lousy Saturday night so she and her husband can remember what it feels like to be married for a few hours. Would it kill you?

 

A person falls through many, many cracks before they wind up living out of their car or on the streets, or in a weekly hotel or an abandoned building. What finally snaps and drops them to the bottom is their ties to people who love them.

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