Homeless Shelter threatened with closure

  1. DH and I were discussing the impact this will have on the local population of homeless vets...recently one of the nearby low-rent motels was closed due to health code violations in early spring...and now the homeless shelter is threatened with closure. It's heading into the hottest part of the summer.

    http://www.tdtnews.com/story/2009/6/1/58324
    Martha's Kitchen dorm, store to close

    Residents of the male dormitory at Martha's Kitchen in Temple will have to seek shelter elsewhere, as the city's Building and Standards Commission voted Monday night to close the building next week, citing safety and sanitary concerns.

    The commission also voted to close the non-profit homeless shelter's furniture store and thrift shop.

    Martha's Kitchen chairman Ray Severn said the decision will slowly lead to the shutdown of the agency.

    "It's basically going to shut off our lifeline," said Severn of the decision to close the men's dorm and the stores. "We're not going to have as much money coming in, and we won't have the males to work in the kitchen."
    As I googled this...I found more shelters and even domestic violence hotlines that are closing and shutting down.
    I've already seen an increase of indigents on the highway that leads to the VA.
    DH thinks things are just going to keep get worse for the homeless/indigent, and thinks we will see more shelters close due to lack of funds... I hope not.
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  3. by   mariposabella
    Thats really sad and times are hard for everyone. Its a shame they gov't cant take care of the vets. I dont get it.
  4. by   lamazeteacher
    Any community that's closing shelters and refused stimulus funds that would have kept them running (without vermin), needs to be penalized, and made to pay transportation to send the homeless to a location with a shelter.

    Many places say they won't use the funds, due to impermanence of funding, which is a crock of you know what! Shelters not only save lives, but also provide jobs!
  5. by   CRNA2007
    they won't take the funds because there are other strings attached. Why doesn't the federal government just give them the money and say use this for homeless shelters instead of giving a limited amount of money and then demanding the already short funded states to continue paying when the federal funds run out. Hope and change is working out real well isn't it.



    Quote from lamazeteacher
    Any community that's closing shelters and refused stimulus funds that would have kept them running (without vermin), needs to be penalized, and made to pay transportation to send the homeless to a location with a shelter.

    Many places say they won't use the funds, due to impermanence of funding, which is a crock of you know what! Shelters not only save lives, but also provide jobs!
  6. by   GiGiOm
    WHERE are our priorities? The federal government bails out the big banking industry with OUR money (and doesn't nationalize them), but they can't fund homeless shelters??? We the people have got to make a stand and tell our elected officials we want SOMETHING to show for all the taxes we are paying. A lot of our homeless are not "lazy". We have a lot of veterans and people who are simply mentally ill on the streets. We have a duty to take care of those who can't take care of themselves and those who sacrificed their own well-being to serve this country. Those who are down on their luck deserve and need our compassion. It could happen to any of us. When are we going to get fed up with the multinational corporations running our government and moving jobs to Third World countries where they don't have to pay people enough to live on?This is just wrong on so many levels.
  7. by   CRNA2007
    The fact is the country is broke. We don't have the money to fund anything and adding trillion dollar deficits is only going to compound the problem. Printing money will only increase inflation and drive up prices and increase interst rates. We have spent trillions of dollars on the war on poverty since the 1960s and it has been a miserable failure Government is not the solution it only creates and them compounds the problems.




    Quote from GiGiOm
    WHERE are our priorities? The federal government bails out the big banking industry with OUR money (and doesn't nationalize them), but they can't fund homeless shelters??? We the people have got to make a stand and tell our elected officials we want SOMETHING to show for all the taxes we are paying. A lot of our homeless are not "lazy". We have a lot of veterans and people who are simply mentally ill on the streets. We have a duty to take care of those who can't take care of themselves and those who sacrificed their own well-being to serve this country. Those who are down on their luck deserve and need our compassion. It could happen to any of us. When are we going to get fed up with the multinational corporations running our government and moving jobs to Third World countries where they don't have to pay people enough to live on?This is just wrong on so many levels.

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