COVID-19 and the Homeless
How are they to social distance?
With everything going on these days and everyone doing the whole social distancing and self-quarantine, how many people have actually stopped to think about those living out on the streets. Social distancing could work for them if they were not in fear of being beaten, robbed, or even killed. The homeless have no where to self-quarantine, so is it safe to say that no one cares about their health or safety?
They are human beings who have fallen victim to an addiction or fallen on hard times. Most people say that they deserve to be out there or in the situation they are, but I believe differently because I was one of those living out in the streets. I was homeless for twenty-three years of my life and I managed to come out of it because of a choice I made.
I look back at where I was and where I am now, and it seems so amazing to me how I made such drastic changes in my life. I do know that I needed some hope and support, even some encouragement at times. I was told by a prostitute one day that I didn’t belong out there, yet I was a good money maker. I didn’t feel like I belonged out there, but I did.
Now that we have a pandemic going on, the homeless are at a greater risk of catching it because of the living situations they face. It should be natural to them that people stay away from them because they are so used to feeling alienated by society. Most every working person I talk to about the homeless seem to wish they would just die and stop being a pull on economy and welfare programs. They are a senseless drain on society as some put it.
It pains me to say that I have more compassion for them than I do every working individual out there who frowns on the homeless situation faced in this country. We come together to face disasters, but we can’t come together a fight hunger and homelessness together. It makes no sense to me. We send food and supplies to other countries but can’t even fix our own backyard.
I started a nonprofit to help them with whatever they need to be self-sufficient, but I am met with adversity around every corner. We take out hygiene supplies, food, and clothing to everyone sleeping outside on the streets. We are registered with three states in the south as of right now, but funding has been difficult because of everyone’s views on the homeless situation.
I am on a fixed income and can manage to give up and sacrifice a little of my monthly income to buy the food to feed them. When we first started out after incorporation, people were so freely giving to help us out, but these days it is like pulling teeth to get someone to give up some change from their pockets. I am not wanting this to sound greedy or offending to anyone. I just want to put the word out there that the homeless need our help and support too mostly through this pandemic time we face.
We have decided to put into action a program that will give them a safe place to stay, food to eat, the support they need to find employment, and hope for a better tomorrow. It is named “Pathway to Self-Sufficiency” and we hope to gain the funding to begin building the program up. We want to start a pilot program to see how well it does so that we can take this information and pass it on to other funding sources showing them the impact we believe it can make.
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About the author
I'm a forty-eight-year-old woman who became a published author back in 2016. I write fiction and nonfiction in many different genre. I love to write and tell stories to the world and hope that everyone enjoys them.