Sunday, February 17, 2008

Jackson Request for Federal Help

Mayor Wants a National Urban Initiative

I really like the request that the Mayor made to the Presidential candidates in exchange for his endorsement. This is exactly what every elected official should demand. For too long the feds have turned away from American cities. We need a major infusion of dollars to reclaim the 20 years of neglect. I saw Sicko and 60 Minutes tonight about how much better they have it in Europe. They have accepted that paying more in taxes so that everyone has a better standard of living. With a better standard of living, crime goes down. People are safer, and have more time for family and living in Europe. When are we going to change?

NEOCH is pushing for a National Housing Policy like we had back in the 1960s and 1970s. We are going to push the new President to adopt a National Housing Policy in the first 100 days of 2009. We need the federal government to care that millions in the United States cannot afford a place to live. We need the funds that only the Federal government can provide to solve homelessness. Is it greed? Is it guns over butter? Is it selfishness? This path can only lead to continued unrest and eventual collapse.

Posts by Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless staff and Board.


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Tinkerbell2 said...

I wish that more people would pay attention to the homeless in our country! The majority of them are veterans who fought for us. We are so quick to give to other countries who need help and I am grateful that I am an American and that we are able to that. But, I was homeless for a very short time and because I have family, it didn't last too long. Most of them do not have any one to help them. When you get that far down, it is hard to get back up without someone's help. Some, yes, are alcoholics or addicts, but what other way is there to go, if you think that there's no hope and no one gives a s--t?

Michaelann Bewsee said...

The national homelesss policy that we had in the 70's came about because of a bottom-up movement-- and the government resisted it every step of the way...can we do it again?