"Homes for the Homeless"

"Homes for the Homeless"

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

second generation homeless population continues to grow...

There was a time when this didn't exist, before Regan, before Necessities became Luxuries. I was a Case Manager in Chicago for three years in the 70's and it wasn't this bad for the poor. They at least had the dignity of housing. After moving to Los Angeles in the early 90's I took a part time job on Skid Row after witnessing the growth of homelessness in New York City in the early 80's. A literal explosion. Again, I watched the population explode in Los Angeles as it had in New York City when I lived there. I worked on Skid Row for 20 years as the population grew. This population will continue to grow as long as Necessities are priced for the rich. I mean housing, food, insurance, health care. Out of reach for the poor and the Middle Class is unable to stimulate the economy when all of their money goes for overpriced housing. New Stats show that the average person is paying 30% to 40% of their income for ordinary, non-luxury housing alone. Leaves little room for spending that creates a robust economy as we had since the late 40's. The cost of living is higher than 90% of what the people can really afford. It seems we don't learn from history, the pain that inequality of wealth and absurdly high profits has caused. http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/invisible-child/?smid=fb-share#/?chapt=1 It's sad when it started with evictions in the 80's. I talked to some of those newly homeless people back then especially the elderly and that's what happened to them, thrown on the street so the LL's could charge more for the apts. These children are the second generation of the explosion of the homeless in the city in the early 80's.... It will continue. I watched it grow from a few homeless men in Los Angeles when I moved here to women, then women with children, then whole families. I knew it would happen here too when Los Angeles also become a city of high rents and high cost housing. Why I had a second career on Skid Row. Thank God for SRO Housing Corporation.

Saturday, August 03, 2013

http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/08/01/a-rising-share-of-young-adults-live-in-their-parents-home/ http://www.theatlanticcities.com/housing/2013/07/many-young-adults-are-still-living-home-and-its-hurting-economy/6370/ This has more to do with the high cost of housing. Housing prices went through the roof and higher than salaries in the early 80's and have not decreased since. Housing is a luxury, rather than a Necessity and as long as this is the case, the economy will never improve. People are spending 50 to 75% of their income on housing, therefore no disposable income for anything else. Before housing became an "investment" and a luxury in the early 80's, people spent 25 to 33% of their income on housing. The high cost of housing is also the main reason for the population explosion of the homeless, which has been growing and continues to grow since the early 80's. There is no way the young will be able to get housing, either as a renter or a home owner. It's just too expensive. The housing market is supposedly "recovering", however, there will be another burst of this bubble as this can't go on forever.

Friday, November 02, 2012

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/10/the-hideous-inequality-exposed-by-hurricane-sandy/264337/#.UJQ2jY2Fbn9.facebook / .................. This 30 year trend will take a long time to reverse. It's amazing that so many can't see that the high cost of living (i.e., Necessities: housing, medical, insurance and food) is what is killing the economy. Prices go up and salaries stay down or go down. No disposable income for the majority = economic disaster. "New census data shows that the city is the most economically divided it has been in a decade, according to the New York Times. As has occurred across the country, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Twenty-one percent of the city is in poverty, and the median household income decreased by $821 annually. Per the Times: "Median income for the lowest fifth was $8,844, down $463 from 2010. For the highest, it was $223,285, up $1,919."

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


     >>>>>>>>>>>> The bottom line is no one has disposable income when they are paying all their income for Housing, Insurance, Medical Care and recently, food. The housing market did go south, however, is still unaffordable for many. Hence the Middle Class is the New Poor and the Homeless are a new culture in America. The homeless population exploded in the 80's and continued it's growth to families with children for the past 30 years (before Obama). In the past Middle Class families contributed to the economy by buying food and clothing, household items, cars and little luxuries. Now they are now using food banks and food stamps. The lower income people are now homeless or living in vans or cars and don't buy anything, except gas (even if they are working). The Middle Class and the poor were major contributors to a healthy economy. The economy can't and will never improve if small businesses and big businesses have lost business from the majority of the population. Jobs cannot be created unless people have more disposable income to buy goods and services.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Obama's Accomplishments... The only one who will lead us out of the 30 year fall in America.

I'm really amazed that people are so impatient and expect an overnight recovery of the economy. I can't believe people don't know that it's going to take at least ten years to get out of the hole the Republicans put us in simply because and bottom line is no one has disposable income when they are paying all their income for Housing, Insurance, Medical Care and recently, food. The housing market did go south, however, is still unaffordable for many. Hence the Middle Class is the New Poor and the Homeless are a new culture in America. The homeless population exploded in the 80's and continued it's growth to families with children for the past 30 years (before Obama). How blind people are in this country, however, they are waking up and looking at the real picture of Greed in this country.

Obama's done so much!!
Thank you Ayenne Applebaum, for listing Obama's accomplishments:
"Recovery Act, Affordable Care Act, Wall St Reform( granted w/no prosecutions), Ending Combat Operations in Iraq, Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell, Reforming Student lending- the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act, Credit card Reform- the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility andDisclosure Act- oh yeah and NuclearArms Control, Ahh- Ending all combat operations in Iraq & Bringing home nearly 100,000 troops- and where is Osama bin Laden????? 3 count them 3 women on the Supreme Ct- more than in its history- so if this is "caving" I should be such a pushover!
You have to lay the foundation before you can build the walls!"

Sunday, September 11, 2011


No person with brains is going to run for President in the current state of America, which is total impatience with anyone who is President. This economy ..... 30 years in the making, will not be healed in a year, two years or even three years. The economy needs "buyers" and the majority of the Middle Class and Poor have been removed from that equation permanently due to the cost of necessities rising higher than income. Republican or Democrat. Obama is our best hope, he has the brains and the courage.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Letter from Michael Moore

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...a letter from Michael Moore
Friday, August 5th, 2011
From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how "lowly" your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.
Young people have heard of this mythical time -- but it was no myth, it was real. And when they ask, "When did this all end?", I say, "It ended on this day: August 5th, 1981."
Beginning on this date, 30 years ago, Big Business and the Right Wing decided to "go for it" -- to see if they could actually destroy the middle class so that they could become richer themselves.
And they've succeeded.
On August 5, 1981, President Ronald Reagan fired every member of the air traffic controllers union (PATCO) who'd defied his order to return to work and declared their union illegal. They had been on strike for just two days.
It was a bold and brash move. No one had ever tried it. What made it even bolder was that PATCO was one of only three unions that had endorsed Reagan for president! It sent a shock wave through workers across the country. If he would do this to the people who were with him, what would he do to us?
Reagan had been backed by Wall Street in his run for the White House and they, along with right-wing Christians, wanted to restructure America and turn back the tide that President Franklin D. Roosevelt started -- a tide that was intended to make life better for the average working person. The rich hated paying better wages and providing benefits. They hated paying taxes even more. And they despised unions. The right-wing Christians hated anything that sounded like socialism or holding out a helping hand to minorities or women.
Reagan promised to end all that. So when the air traffic controllers went on strike, he seized the moment. In getting rid of every single last one of them and outlawing their union, he sent a clear and strong message: The days of everyone having a comfortable middle class life were over. America, from now on, would be run this way:
* The super-rich will make more, much much more, and the rest of you will scramble for the crumbs that are left.
* Everyone must work! Mom, Dad, the teenagers in the house! Dad, you work a second job! Kids, here's your latch-key! Your parents might be home in time to put you to bed.
* 50 million of you must go without health insurance! And health insurance companies: you go ahead and decide who you want to help -- or not.
* Unions are evil! You will not belong to a union! You do not need an advocate! Shut up and get back to work! No, you can't leave now, we're not done. Your kids can make their own dinner.
* You want to go to college? No problem -- just sign here and be in hock to a bank for the next 20 years!
* What's "a raise"? Get back to work and shut up!
And so it went. But Reagan could not have pulled this off by himself in 1981. He had some big help:
The biggest organization of unions in America told its members to cross the picket lines of the air traffic controllers and go to work. And that's just what these union members did. Union pilots, flight attendants, delivery truck drivers, baggage handlers -- they all crossed the line and helped to break the strike. And union members of all stripes crossed the picket lines and continued to fly.
Reagan and Wall Street could not believe their eyes! Hundreds of thousands of working people and union members endorsing the firing of fellow union members. It was Christmas in August for Corporate America.
And that was the beginning of the end. Reagan and the Republicans knew they could get away with anything -- and they did. They slashed taxes on the rich. They made it harder for you to start a union at your workplace. They eliminated safety regulations on the job. They ignored the monopoly laws and allowed thousands of companies to merge or be bought out and closed down. Corporations froze wages and threatened to move overseas if the workers didn't accept lower pay and less benefits. And when the workers agreed to work for less, they moved the jobs overseas anyway.
And at every step along the way, the majority of Americans went along with this. There was little opposition or fight-back. The "masses" did not rise up and protect their jobs, their homes, their schools (which used to be the best in the world). They just accepted their fate and took the beating.
I have often wondered what would have happened had we all just stopped flying, period, back in 1981. What if all the unions had said to Reagan, "Give those controllers their jobs back or we're shutting the country down!"? You know what would have happened. The corporate elite and their boy Reagan would have buckled.
But we didn't do it. And so, bit by bit, piece by piece, in the ensuing 30 years, those in power have destroyed the middle class of our country and, in turn, have wrecked the future for our young people. Wages have remained stagnant for 30 years. Take a look at the statistics and you can see that every decline we're now suffering with had its beginning in 1981 (here's a little scene to illustrate that from my last movie).
It all began on this day, 30 years ago. One of the darkest days in American history. And we let it happen to us. Yes, they had the money, and the media and the cops. But we had 200 million of us. Ever wonder what it would look like if 200 million got truly upset and wanted their country, their life, their job, their weekend, their time with their kids back?
Have we all just given up? What are we waiting for? Forget about the 20% who support the Tea Party -- we are the other 80%! This decline will only end when we demand it. And not through an online petition or a tweet. We are going to have to turn the TV and the computer and the video games off and get out in the streets (like they've done in Wisconsin). Some of you need to run for local office next year. We need to demand that the Democrats either get a spine and stop taking corporate money -- or step aside.
When is enough, enough? The middle class dream will not just magically reappear. Wall Street's plan is clear: America is to be a nation of Haves and Have Nothings. Is that OK for you?
Why not use today to pause and think about the little steps you can take to turn this around in your neighborhood, at your workplace, in your school? Is there any better day to start than today?
Michael Moore
P.S. Here are a few places you can connect with to get the ball rolling:
Showdown in America
Democracy Convention
Occupy Wall Street
October 2011
How to Join a Union, from the AFL-CIO (They've learned their lesson and have a good president now) or UE
Change to Win
High School Newspaper (Just because you're under 18 doesn't mean you can't do anything!)