$3.5 MILLION* ON 250 PEOPLE**

*/**(Disclaimer: My figures are not accurate.  However, they are close.  (Sorry, I heard the reports while changing diapers and chasing toddlers armed with Sharpie pens.) But I was listening as best I could, and the figures are rough, but fair estimates.)

Come shoot holes in my report if you must.  The devil’s in the details, and I am short on those.  Nevertheless, what ever the sources, what ever the exact figures (and I don’t believe the media had accurate numbers to begin with), the story filtered through me is that the count of Lubbock’s street homeless is down.  “Experts” now put the count in the 250s.

Yay!

Yay!!!  We are making statistical progress!  And I want to celebrate every number that ticks down rather than up.  (Genuinely, I mean that.)  And if the number ever goes down to zero – for real – then I will be done griping about this issue.  I will congratulate those who get us there.  But…

Look.  If you want to throw money at the problem, I never was against that.  Let’s make it double.  How about $7 million?  Why stop there?  Let’s round that off at $10 million!

I could not catch the details, but I think some, if not the bulk, of this money comes from ARPA funding.  Whether you are for or against ARPA conceptually, I can’t find anyone turning down some funding.  In fact, as I recall it, the first distributions of ARPA in Lubbock went to help homeless relief organizations, and it made the news because special arrangements had to be made to put the helping organizations at the front of the hand-out line.  There was a kind of, dare I say, “favoritism” there that authorities felt needed to be explained.

I don’t even want to make a big deal about the fact that those same helping organizations criticize me for giving a dollar to a bum on a street corner.  You know… that whole “enabling” thang.  (That only applies to bums, not to career social workers and ministers and their ever-growing organizations.)

I don’t want to make a big deal about the method of counting homeless either.  (I have always sensed that the official numbers are below my own best estimates.  However, in recent years, I have not been in a good position to estimate, and so I now must rely on “official” counts too.)

But you know what?  Three and a half million dollars devoted to roughly 250 people seems a bit extreme to me.

I have a plan that might not “end homelessness” per se, certainly not as a direct result, but would effectively resolve the issue within a few weeks, all without raising a dime.  The bonus of this plan (I use that word euphemistically) is worldwide redemption of creation – the churchwork in which church was always meant to be engaged from the beginning.  (I used to think that kind of thing was important to people of Lubbock.)

I am talking about work against which even the gates of hell cannot prevail, funded by two mites from widows.

But all your Republican types with their conservative agendas, throwing good money after bad at the poor faster than a tax-and-spend liberal on fire… well…   Any time you wanna come to Jesus, so do I.  Please let me know.

One comment

  1. laceduplutheran · 15 Days Ago

    I’m just amazed that homelessness exists at all in the richest nation in history. We seem to always have plenty of money for weapons of mass destruction, but it’s like pulling teeth very often for a few crumbs from the table to improve people’s lives.

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