The present economic situation is hitting all parts of the country hard, even the “Redneck Riviera”. Increased numbers of homeless are hitting the streets on the Coast and one local paper wants to call them the “New Homeless”, that is those that were homeowners under foreclosure, long-time renters, workers with a track record of job stability.
Those that are facing such a choice are also facing the societal thing….the stereotyping, the depression, and of course, those that are labeled as druggies and winos by others. We read the stories and say, “dang it is bad and those poor poeple”, but then turn our backs on them the first chance we get. We try to make them as invisible as possible because their very presence signals us that all is not good with this system and will let us know that we could quite possibly be next.
There has been an estimate of 1600 homeless living on the streets of South Mississippi and only one, yes ONE, homeless shelter in the six most southern counties of the state and that is in Jackson county and the most homeless are said to be in Harrison. Good planning huh?
And this problem could get even bigger by May 1st when government assistance for housing for Katrina victims ends. The numbers of the homeless could possibly grow.
And then there are the elected officials that seem to spend all their time worrying about who smokes or patting some a/hole on the back for something or changing road signs, but not once did I see a bill that would help the growing homeless population. If it was there it was buried deep in one of their creepy worded bills. Like always the politicians will spend all their time massaging business’ genitals and when it comes to REAL problems they just stick their heads in the Gulf sands and pray it will go away.