New Face Of Homelessness In America
Join 1000's of Authors at StreetArticles Today!

New Face of Homelessness In America

Looking in the face of the new homeless saying, “There for the Grace of God goes I.”

One day while I was in Downtown Los Angeles ordering a Subway breakfast sandwich, a homeless man came up to me asking if I had any change or if I could get him something to eat. I responded that we can share my breakfast, and instructed the young lady making my sandwich to cut it in half. The man said he would wait outside until I was done. He was short in stature and I wondered if life had humbled him to where he couldn’t stand up straight through the pressures. His hair was greased with the soot and dirt residue of the streets where he laid his head many nights before. I couldn’t tell his ethnic origin or age because the sun damage and grime made his skin black and wrinkled. He was humble in his approach, and I wanted shine light in his dark place, at least for breakfast that morning.

I asked the young lady to bag the two sandwich halves separately. I had a bag of chips in my purse from home, which I slipped into his bag. I felt great to be able to share my breakfast with this man and proudly carried his bag in one hand as I walked out the door. Standing out front, I looked to my left and right but the man was not there. I walked around the corner of the building looking for him in all the nooks and crannies where other homeless people were waking and picking up their belongings before the business rush began for the day, but he was nowhere to be found. I looked across the street, but it was like he had vanished out of sight. The next homeless person I saw, I asked if he was hungry, but he refused the gift of breakfast. There could be many explanations for where the Subway homeless man might have gone, but I believe he was an angel sent to confirm my growth in human compassion and my commitment of meeting the needs of homeless people where they are in the moment.

I have not always been this compassionate and generous to the homeless. There was a time, not so long ago, that I prevented homeless guys from washing my car windows with their dirty water, while stopped at a red light. Before they got started, I would honk my horn, pull a hand full of coins from my ash tray, crack my window, and almost throw the change in their hands so we would not touch. As I zoom away in my nice comfortable car, I’d quickly grab hand sanitizer and rub vigorously in case something got on me.

There was a time, not so long ago, I didn't even acknowledge the homeless person asking for change as I left fancy restaurants, not even considering handing them my leftovers. There was a time, not so long ago, I would speculate on how that person, who I just handed a dollar, actually planned to use it for – food, drugs, gas or booze?

There was a time, not so long ago, I would not notice or crack a smile to them as I rushed through my day, with smart phone to my ear making global deals for the corporations I worked hard for in order to maintain the comforts I had obtained and felt entitled to enjoy.

I am one of those hard working Americans who had a more than 15 year flourishing professional career with various global fortune 500 companies. As a trend setter, pioneer, and innovator I contributed to helping many companies expand their wealth. The departments and teams I was involved with were hailed as monikers for best practices from the United States to Hong Kong. I was so successful in my last position that I worked my way into extinction. Contributing to support globalization earned me a large pay check, yet made it possible to eliminate many American jobs, that have been outsourced overseas to increase the company’s profit margin. I was blindsided by my own hubris as my head hit my professional glass ceiling, when in 2009 the economic downturn was the reason for my lay-off, along with thousands of others from various companies throughout our country.

Noticing what was happening around me, people losing jobs that corporations where never bringing back, coupled with the high rate of foreclosure and short sell signs that sprang up in neighborhoods and communities, it was evident that our country was heading towards a perfect storm. The bubble burst on our ‘American Dream’ and the welcome mat pulled from under the people’s feet. We braced our families as we planned to downsize in order to maintain our middle class comforts exhausting severance, savings, 401K, and long-term unemployment benefits.

The country took sides, the 99% blaming the 1% of the wealthy for, what seemed to be, intentional monetary chaos. While the 1% calling the 99% of hard working frustrated Americans lazy for needing entitlements in order to survive, which the working class income taxes paid for during years prosperity. Our government held to partisan ideals through sequestering and holding federal budgets hostage, pulling away any life support as the middle class began sliding into the perfect storm of poverty.

Insightfully, I knew there would come a time when more people, whose lives where once independently sustainable and productive, would not be able to qualify for conventional housing. Affordable housing is limited and waiting lists are 2-5 years long, which inevitably causes an increase in homelessness. The emergence of a new homeless population of people who roam the wilderness of life in search of an elusive dream that was once in reach like chasing the carrot on the string of “one paycheck away.”

That carrot chase converted to “This job is perfect for me, I’m sure to get it.” There was a time, not too long ago, when on Monday I would submit my resume to open job postings, by Wednesday I’d scheduled a number of interviews, and by Friday I was choosing from a number of job offers deciding which one to accept. Not this time, the labor force had changed. It seemed my natural abilities to achieve had failed me. After submitting hundreds of resumes with little to no response, I realized the screening process was designed to weed out the thousands of applicants with subjective measures that make the entire process a lottery.

The door of the dream had shut in the face of well qualified Americans trying to rebound in life and take care of their families. I’ve met many people who were once gainfully employed but due to life circumstances no longer have a place called home. Many are the hidden homeless, living with family and friends while trying to figure out the next steps and hoping that the next action will deliver an opportunity for adequate employment. Many of these productive people are now dependent on social services to help their families survive these rough times. Many of these capable people are now suffering from mental illnesses like depression and anxiety and are hoping to find a solution that will turn the tide in their favor. These able and willing people are juggling empty coffers trying to keep from being homeless on the streets, sleeping in the nooks of society, or walking into Subway to ask for food from a stranger. I am one of these people, and today I look in the mirror saying “Here I am God; use me as You will.”

I am willing to be vulnerable and share my journey from middle class, to hidden homeless, to creating a CHAMP Nation Movement - Housing Homeless Youth in Healing Homes. I decided not to be intimidated by the economic decline of our nation, and use my gifts, talents, and professional background to help distress people and communities working together to rebound toward success. There is a new paradigm and innovative approach to 'housing first’ as a pathway out of poverty. I am working with national, state, and city leaders in breaking down the barriers to the basic right of safe and affordable housing in our communities. If you are open to following the story of my journey from wounds to healing, I believe there is something that will speak to your heart. Perhaps you would be willing to at least share my story with people in your life who have gone through or who are going through similar circumstances.

My life experiences are the necessary ingredients for me to face head on the things that hinder my ability to reach my full potential and personal evolution as a human being. All elements of my physical existence are being challenged so that I can lighten up my vessel by bumping the baggage that is causing my ship to take on water and creating drag in my transport. It is time for the people of society to lighten up, so that we can ride freely as the spirit winds blow through our sails in the destination towards our destiny. We hold the gears to chart our unique course. I choose the course that maximizes the wind beneath my wings as i experience te process of personal transformation from a determined goat to an eagle in flight.

Follow our blog as we explore the stories of the GREAT AMERICAN REBOUND!


Street Talk

No comments present
You May Also Like
Minister Of State for I&b Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore Promotes Film Industry at Cannes
Bollywood’s International success is a major example of the fact that Bollywood has become a desire of everyone. India is a particularly complex market, encompassing many languages and cultural phenomenon. Indian films are slowly gaining momentum in the International market and in a span of more than a decade, many…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Economics   May 18, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Costs for Professional Automatic Enrolment Services
The more you read about the complicated requirements of the Pension Act 2008, the more concerned you get: it is high time to call to your rescue the best experts in managed auto enrolment services! Not only they meet the highest standards of professionalism but they also surprise you with…
By: Sheraton Veranda in  News and Society  >  Economics   May 12, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Nasik Boy Vikram Singh to Debut In Bollywood
Some actors struggle to find a foothold in the quagmire called Bollywood whereas some fly straight to the top where some Bollywood young debuts are golden making instant hits while some are totally tragic that dig graveyards. Every year hundreds of young aspiring actors come to Mumbai with the hope…
By: World News Network in  News and Society  >  Economics   Apr 30, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

What Are The Documents Required For Rupay Bank Account (pmjdy)
Today we are going to share the how to apply for Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan yojana(PMJDY) or open Jan Dhan yojana account 2015 , scheme and all of the information related to Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan yojana(PMJDY) and it's benefits. Our team will always try to give their about Pradhan…
By: kankan219 in  News and Society  >  Economics   Mar 26, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Union Budget 2016 - 17 And Impact on Education Sector
(writes Dr. Paroma Mitra Mukherjee, Faculty at MDI Murshidabad) In Union Budget 2016, Arun Jaitley, Hon’ble Finance Minister, took the challenge to stick to the fiscal deficit at 3.5% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for 2016-17, after achieving the 3.9% of GDP target in 2015-16. Along with the background like…
By: DebriN Synergy in  News and Society  >  Economics   Mar 07, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

How to Determine the Worth Of A Junk Car
There are thousands of junk vehicle and equipment lying around in unkempt fields, old garages, backyard sheds, and more. These vehicles may seem worthless, but they are actually still valuable assets that can be sold to a scrap metal yard or junk car buyer for cash! If you are one…
By: Sarahbeth in  News and Society  >  Economics   Feb 20, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Find Coach By Way Of Using Aso App Store Optimization Zero Cost Online Flash Games
A lot of consumers are generally ingested aback whenever they find that the app store optimization companies particular free of charge viewing publicised isn't really devoid of a few limits. A lot of financial institutions provide free of charge viewing exclusively to opportunity seekers whom go with one on one…
By: appgamenews in  News and Society  >  Economics   Jan 21, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Do Advertisements Really Have to Be Crappy?
Commoners are constantly bemused with promotional messages and slogans to grab their attention and manipulate their minds more than ever. Businesses are practically hell bent on outdoing their rivals to gain control over the market and get the bigger share of the pie. Advertising has become mandatory in getting the…
By: Adam Lee in  News and Society  >  Economics   May 31, 2016  
0
  Likes: 0

Managing And Disposing Excess Paint
Painting is the easiest and the most economical way to modify the outlook of any room. Home owners have even started experimenting with paint to craft paints related colour ideas that personify the diverse art and culture of Nepal. While mixing and matching during trials of different paints, chances are…
By: Adam Lee in  News and Society  >  Economics   Oct 30, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Slight Arrangements to Transform the Common Room Into A Family Room
Be it a lazy weekend, an evening family show on TV or an unplanned gathering of friends, the common room serves as the venue for all those wonderful times of laughter and fun. Putting in a little effort to perk up the room would only make the times together even…
By: Adam Lee in  News and Society  >  Economics   Oct 30, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Nigeria Fuel Price Hike - Beneficial?
The Nigerian Authority has began or better still Implemented a plan to remove fuel subsidy resulting in a hike in fuel price. Currently the Nigerian government claims to have spent more than $8bn in the past year, claiming this is one major reason for the poor infrastructural facilities in place.…
By: Tobi in  News and Society  >  Economics   Jan 04, 2012  
0
  Likes: 0

What Makes Cities Sustainable? City Planners Like Leon Churchill Weigh In
A good number of people consider the idea of a “sustainable city” as an oxymoron, given the massive amount of change cities need to meet ecological, societal, and economic requirements for actual sustainability. In the eyes of these people, at the rate change is happening now, sustainability is an unrealistic…
By: Casey Carpenter in  News and Society  >  Economics   Sep 01, 2015  
0
  Likes: 1

Newest State Policies Information In Real Time - influentials System Style
The almost govt shut down had been hogging the information, but you might have found more information on other essential present governmental experiences and quicker on Influentials System. If you want to know what's occurring in US State policies and present governmental information, then Influentials System will tell you -…
By: miz in  News and Society  >  Economics   Jan 22, 2014  
0
  Likes: 0

2015 Isn't Going Well for Canada
Every year, people begin with high hopes and celebrations, expecting the coming year to bring them good times, prosperity, and of course, happiness. Sounds good, but it’s not working out that way for Canada so far, just ask Stephen Harper, he’s probably having the worst year of his career, if…
By: michael61 in  News and Society  >  Economics   Feb 08, 2015  
0
  Likes: 0

Rough Economy
The economy in the US has improved a little, but people are still jobless, losing their jobs and homes across the nation. There are a number of factor that cause a bad economy, inflation, unemployment, tax laws and welfare are a few I would like to talk about today. Some…
By: Brandon13d in  News and Society  >  Economics   Jan 18, 2014  
0
  Likes: 0

Article Views: 2506    Report this Article