It is time to step in and help our friends, family and neighbors who have lost the ability to pursue happiness
Homelessness isn't usually about the availability of housing. It's about mental illness, drug addiction, or both. It's time to care for the people in our community who need our help.
"It isn't the lack of resources. It is the lack of a holistic, fully integrated, comprehensive service system that addresses all of the multiple and complex needs of homeless people; and then uses our resources to meet those needs"(Maceri, 2014, 5:20).
While it is against the law to encamp for extended periods of time on public property in Texas, this is not enough. It is time to create a benevolent system, run by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, to care for those who have lost the ability to pursue happiness.
It's about being intentional
We can solve this problem, but it is going to take time. We have to shape state law so it balances the rights of the homeless and the needs of those of us who live along side them. As the venerable advocate for the homeless John Maceri put it: “It isn’t a lack of resources. It’s the lack of a holistic, fully integrated, comprehensive service system that addresses all of the multiple and complex needs of homeless people; and then uses our resources in a targeted way to meet those needs” (Maceri, 2014, 5:200).
Maceri, J. (2014) Can homelessness be solved? [Video], https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCROJkVc54