Once Again It’s Wintertime aka Homelessness Is A Bitch Post (Don’t Take Your Shelter For Granted)

Freestyle Fellowship – Park Bench People

Days like today are painful where 5 inches of snow linger over your head like slow motion rain drops wetting you till your beyond uncomfortable.The snow rides the landscape combined with the bitter air and cold breeze making for a hellish experience if your out in it longer then just shoveling your walk.People gotta be thankful for the roofs over the head whether they do a hard days night like The Beatles 8 days a week or are on disability collecting a state check, renting a room in a bed bug infested rooming house.I couldn’t even imagine being homeless in this mess.Simply put no matter how hard some have tried their are always misfortune sets of circumstances that will happen regardless of anything.They luckily may happen one at a time or steam roll on top of each other all at once till the rug comes up from under you..Who knows? People have different problems whether job related,physiological,veterans,addiction,pregnant with kids,etc.Its just a pity to see people living out in this that actually do or have tried to help themselves.Even though I feel a little empathy for the drunk or junkie out in this its small cause they chose everyday to drink or do drugs so its no where near the effect of a single mother,child or someone who just happened on unfortunate circumstances has to me.With the weather and extreme cold of the winter if I was stuck out I’d probably get locked up just to have a place to stay.Do a petty crime like throwing a rock through a window and finish the winter with 3 hots and a cot.Simple and plain to me it would either be Trays Up or nothing.The trick I believe is always knowing your one bad move from the streets.It gives you the one up to cushion you up if it happens or to have you constantly hustling for it not to.I honestly think they should open more shelters out their cause its only getting worse.Its not just drunks and junkies with a few families in the equation.You have more and more people losing jobs and getting evicted with their entire family.On June 22, 2010, the New York City Department of Homeless Services reported that the sheltered homeless population consisted of

* 8,243 Families with children
* 1,271 Adult Families
* 7,725 Single Adults
* 35,537 Total Individuals

Crazy,and that’s just what they can account for and also just in NYC..And in March 2010, there were protests about the Governor’s proposed cut of $65 million in annual funding to the homeless adult services system.I think its all gravy handing out money to the homeless but theirs a bigger picture and I think it starts by helping out the shelters first and foremost.Whether its volunteer work or a money donation.Plus by donating directly to most shelters it helps the problem by not only housing people but going at the root of the problem by offering medical services FOR mental and health problems etc,rehabilitation, permanent housing etc..

The A-Alikes – Wintertime

Its unfortunate theirs so many problems around the world and we can’t help everyone.The next time Sally Struthers is on at 3am and has a kid from another country with a fly in his eye tho remember theirs a kid who looks just like that in your own backyard.Its cool to help the world and we should but it also should start in our own backyards.Remember that on days like this.

Check out
http://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/
For a shelter close to you
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Jose James – Park Bench People

Shot by Josh Rothstein (the director of documentaries “Not A Game” and “The Excellent Theopolis”) – filmed on location at a homeless shelter in New York.
The 12″ of Jose James’ Park Bench People (2008) is backed with Jose’s collabo with Flying Lotus “Visions on Violet”. The 12″ was released on the 2nd of June 2008.”Park Bench People” is a cover of a hip hop classic, dating from 1993 by Freestyle Fellowship

Arrested Development – Mr. Wendal

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