OMG, what DID i say?! (okupiDID #OccupyCityHall @PSP and @RanchoMirage this week.
This is the save of the backup I wrote . . . last night or the night before, i don’t know what day it is right now. lol 4rl rn
The TRUTH, Ms. Councilwoman, is that homelessness CAN be cured.
The reason it hasn’t been is because that is the belief. Imagine if the councilors at Betty Ford thought that addictions couldn’t be cured? No one could be cured — well, maybe that one individual who is so self-determined they cured themselves, and many homeless can and DO cure themselves with the resources and programs we have in place. In fact, the truth is, whether the individuals know it or not, they are the only one’s who KNOW how to cure themselves.
The problem is too few can do it by themselves and all the brilliant programs and resources do little to those who do not understand how they may solve their problems that give rise to their circumstances. Each human is like a math equation, the order of operations are at work, and each equation is unique, solving for the problem at hand. Many have similar equations, and that’s when the programs work best — when the program for a particular equation solves the problem for many with the same equation of circumstances that lead to the current situation.
However, when you have one program — one mindset solution — to solve the plethora of equations for a population as diverse as the unhoused, and we put all our efforts and support to that one program, it fails for everyone else and then we abandon them as “uncurable.” Many places have several programs, yet still, each program resonates with a particular set of common experiences and circumstances, leaving those who do not match the programs as further failures and once again abandoned as “uncurable.”
AND, Yes, every single individual who is homeless RIGHT NOW, today may be cured. Do you know how I know that, because we’ve cured homelessness. What we haven’t done is stopped doing the STUPID things that creates it (and we can cure that too).
The only way to solve homelessness is to first, make sure everyone has a home. Without doing that, we cannot even begin to solve the problem of their particular equation. And that IS what we CAN do to CURE homelessness is to solve the individual equation. The first mistake we make in solving those equations is assuming we know the terms of the equation and its specific order of operation.
First order of operation: Housing. This is the only order of operation that is a given — because of the nature of the problem we are solving.
Do you want housing?
Yes, to assume anything about someone who is homeless is the second* mistake we make in solving the equation for anyone we may meet, so, this the first question every homeless person should be asked (unless, of course, they are in an immediate emergent state and need medical attention).
The truth is, not everyone wants it — housing. The notion of housing represents something to them, they just cannot accept for their life, experience and reality. And we MUST accept that fact. The truth is, unless they are harming someone else, if they do not want to engage in “normally housed” reality, they don’t have to and who are you or I to tell them they cannot live as they desire on planet earth?
The subroutines for the answer to this question will vary, but it starts with: “What kind of housing do you want?” To have the question of what they want for housing presented as opposed to saying “here, here’s a room for 30 days, you can sleep there while you figure it out” begins to open the mystery of that individual’s unique equation. The goal of this question is to get to a real vision of what they see is an empowered place from which they see their lives. Some may say a one bedroom apartment, some a mansion, and others just want a simple house in the suburbs. Others may say, a tent, a hotel room, group housing or “living at home with my mother.” Whatever their answer is, it will provide clues as to what to do next.
The steps of this subroutine require taking what is available and forming a workable plan to achieve their desired vision. It is important to not complicate their vision of housing for themselves. Let it be pure and just accept it and that is the end goal. Even if other options are available or
The second order The mindset that fails us is the one that we have the answers for the homeless. The truth is , we don’t. Anymore than we can have the answers for an addict or a politican who misperceives their reality