Thursday, February 12, 2009

A New Plan to End Homelessness in America

How Can I Get to An Obama Rally?

President Obama introduced a new plan to end homelessness in America on Tuesday: Get to a rally with the President in attendance and figure out how to ask the President a question about your own homelessness. If Obama could host three meetings a day, and take 20 questions from each audience with Sundays off, he could solve homelessness for 6,260 people in one year. That is some progress that may inspire Governors and Mayors to follow suit. There may be a few riots on the way to this progress with everyone trying to get to the microphone to ask a question, but those are details that can be worked out later. It would be rough at the New Orleans, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and District of Columbia rally, but we could have additional security employed for these rallies. Ms. Hughes in Florida waited until she could ask the President for help. She mentioned the long wait for public housing, and that she was sleeping in a car. I talked to a Florida advocate on Tuesday who said there were hundreds of families waiting to get into shelter in her city. They stay on the streets or in cars with their children just to get a shelter bed. It has come to the point that the safety net is so broken that our only hope is asking the President of the United States for help.

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

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