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If aid in alleviating homelessness was located in your neighborhood, how supportive would you be?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26821points) November 6th, 2014

Thinking on this question, to help alleviate homelessness, if it involved your neighborhood in a direct way, how supportive would you be for it, honestly? Maybe your community doesn’t have a large population of homeless people, but regardless of that, if some non-profit, religious organizations, or the city decided to establish something to help the homeless, temporary shelter, soup kitchen, transitional housing, etc. how supportive for it would you honestly be if it were going to be in your neighborhood, maybe even on your street or a block over?

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SavoirFaire's avatar

There is aid for the homeless in my neighborhood, and I participate in it.

Coloma's avatar

I already buy food for the homeless and have around my community for years but the homeless population in these rural areas are nothing like the big cities. A few stragglers here and there. My new community about 40 miles north of my old zone has a medical clinic and other resources just a few miles from this property. I have yet to lend any assistance, I am too busy taking care of this ranch and all it’s critters, but I have certainly done my share over the years, handing out food, money, pet food.

I wouldn’t be comfortable with a homeless camp right here, feeding people is one thing but, sadly, the criminal element is a concern, no shame in admitting that. I wouldn’t want to wake up to homeless people bathing in the pond or stealing eggs from the hen house or eyeing the ducks and geese as a campfire dinner item.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Totally. Any one of us can become homeless. No matter how educated or how wealthy or privileged we may consider ourselves to be, situations can occur that will leave us without a home. I’d welcome my council/state government establishing help for the homeless in my area. They’re out there. I may not see them personally but I know there are young people sleeping in drainage pipes and the like.

zenvelo's avatar

I would be in favor of it, i would support it, I would volunteer there.

Darth_Algar's avatar

There’s a church across the street from me. If they set up some kind of homeless aid there I’d be fine with it. I might even help.

JLeslie's avatar

Right in my subdivision I’d be against it. If I were in a different subdivision it might be fine with me. If I lived in an urban center it might be fine. If it was at a church or building in our community it probably would be fine also. It would depend.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

@Coloma I wouldn’t be comfortable with a homeless camp right here, feeding people is one thing but, sadly, the criminal element is a concern, no shame in admitting that.
In all honesty, I think there is a distinction between a homeless camp with unregulated people and little structure, to a homeless shelter where there are rules, overseers, and some internal infrastructure. I don’t think many would want that, people with nowhere to poop or bath making use of their property and pools, which is why this question doesn’t cover that.

@zenvelo @Darth_Algar bully for you! A double agreement with both @zenvelo @Darth_Algar, this may be the Twilight Zone. If you have compassion to help if there was one, maybe you can be a catalyst to start one; be the match not the kindling.

@JLeslie Right in my subdivision I’d be against it. If I were in a different subdivision it might be fine with me.
Then you might as well say it will be in no neighborhood less the ghetto, because everyone will say ”not in my back yard”.

JLeslie's avatar

It depends how the subdivision is set up. It is true in suburbia it would wind up in poorer areas or near more commercial areas, or on the outskirts. No one wants their property value to be hurt.

In TN I lived on the edge of suburbia. If there had been a place for the homeless near where we exited the highway I would have been fine with it. It was not a ghetto, not at all. It had a few free standing stores, gas station, a church that took space in a retail space and a couple lower end motels. In fact people from the church lived in the motel while “studying.” Basically, I felt that church was a total crock, but that is a different subject. Having motel 6 a mile and a half from me in my town didn’t lower my property value and it was perfectly safe out in my town. As safe as that sort of thing can be. You still need to be careful of course. Especially in and near Memphis. That’s another topic too. Is that my community? It’s not my subdivision, but it would have still been near me.

When I lived in southeast FL there wasn’t any motel 6 within 30 miles I don’t think. The situation was very different. The area was quite sterile I guess. There was a home for women and children within the city limits and I don’t think anyone had a negative thought about. We donated things to help.

trailsillustrated's avatar

It’s about more than hunger. The mental health thing and access to drug treatment and maybe some sort of low income housing and maybe a job. I was homeless in the U.S. and let me tell you I wouldn’t want a homeless camp or shelter anywhere near my home. The people almost 100% were hardcore drug addicts, ( which is what got me there), and would poop on people’s lawns and steal stuff out of open windows, out of their sheds. You had to be super vigilant and really know how to fight to even go near there. Just sayin

majorrich's avatar

I was shocked to find how many homeless there are in my own hometown! My church feeds supper the 4th Sunday each month. When I am able, I volunteer at a medical loan closet that lends out durable medical equipment free of charge to those in need. In the summer, (well actually this was the first summer) I made 20 hammocks and donated them so that they might sleep off the ground. Winter sucks with hammocks. My wife had me making “plarn” out of plastic shopping bags and she and some of her friends crocheted them into mats. Most of these things are channeled through Salvation Army. They have a better logistical chain.

JLeslie's avatar

I mentioned mental health on the other Q as @trailsillustrated did here. We do need to have mental health services available for the homeless people who need them and are willing to utilize them. Some people have ongoing mental health issues. Some hit a hard spot in their life and find themselves homeless and they need mental health support too sometimes. Also, job hunting help if they are able to hold down a job and want one.

People are homeless for many reasons. It saddens and really disappoints me that being poor or homeless often means living unsafely in America. We really need to do something about that.

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