Comments on: An American homeless family http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/ What makes a great picture? Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:13:37 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: .l.l http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-354561 Thu, 27 Jun 2013 05:15:44 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-354561 The content shows the problem of people in America without home. The pictures tells the the pain they have to suffer excellent work done nice way to bring awareness among people.
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By: clmeyers http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-353352 Sat, 10 Nov 2012 18:49:12 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-353352 I completely understand the frustration and the feelings of lost hope that these mothers are feeling. My family and I have been in a continuous cycle of homelessness for going on 14 years now. Though we may have a place from time to time it is not a place that we can make our home. Several times we have been completely homeless, camping for several summers at a local lakeside park. At times our homelessness was not caused by lack of job or other resources. Being homeless is not just an issue of having employment and earning money. My husband is schizophrenic and a recovering addict. It had taken him along time to accept this and to ask for help, often he would self-medicate to escape the harsh realizations of life. During our relationship he also spent 4 years total in prison, which left me with the two children and all the responsibility upon myself. After his last release he filed for his disability. Going through this process is the most frustrating of all, even living with someone who has a mental illness. It took us 8 long hard years but he finally received it. For those in the appeal process please do not give up, if you truly need it you will get it. We are currently involved in a program for homeless families but it only lasts for two years, after that you are off the program. During these two years they program helps you to find a place to live, pays all deposits, pays our utilities and rent for all of these two years. In return we are required to do the following: either have full-time employment or full-time schooling or part time employment and part-time schooling. Since we were still in the process of getting my husbands disability it makes him exempt from the program requirements. Having been in a homeless situation for over a decade is not as easy as to have a roof provided for you. It’s not like we can just get up the next day and go do what we are expected. We have lived with the basics for so long with all of our other belongings in storage that we don’t know how to be what society deems as a “normal” living situation. Our children have issues with organization, stabilization, cleanliness and personal space. A lot of the places before this place were living with multiple people/family member, one-room motels, our vehicles, sleeping on couches, basements and homeless shelters. It’s hard to teach children these skills of they have never had their own rooms or closets, living out of garbage bags. My husband brings home the minimum he can on disability and half of that is taken for past due child support from his previous marriage. Social security takes into consideration the income of the entire house. If I make to much at at job then they reduce his monthly benefit. We cannot qualify for low housing because he is an ex felon and we cannot afford to pay full rent at anyplace because rent is high even in the middle of Nebraska. I often hear people say you have to budget, well please tell me how I budget a little over $300 a month and still pay for the extra bills such as vehicle insurance, one phone, storage etc. I swear that if it would not be for food stamps that we would not eat, and for this project we are on we would be homeless. When we are done with our two years and we haven’t transitioned into some form of stability we will be homeless. Not every family can be forced to fit into the mold of what society wants us to be. If I had room for this family I would open my heart and home to them because its that’s what we are supposed to do, right? Treat others how you want to be treated.

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By: orionciara http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348752 Fri, 25 May 2012 16:37:41 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348752 The overriding difficulty for homeless people is the lack of affordable, low-income housing or permanent shelters that address physical and mental disabilities. Even highly educated, non-addicted or mentally deranged individuals are finding themselves homeless, without employment of any kind, and no place to live. NIMBY attitudes and lack of initiative by most US cities to address this situation only extenuates the problem. Where are the big corporations and billionaires who could easily convert unused buildings, or partner with nonprofits to provide shelter? Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Larry Ellison?

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By: IvySteph http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348253 Wed, 14 Mar 2012 02:13:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348253 This type of thing is happening more and more. There is a place in Atlanta, Georgia called Little Five Points and anytime you go there you will see homeless people. I have been seeing a lot more of them lately. Yes, some of them just don’t want to work. But you can tell many of them are ashamed of being without a home and having to ask for help. It’s so obvious they would much rather have a job and be able to provide for themselves. I saw an older lady once with no shoes and no money to buy water. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I saw countless people pass her by! Some even had the nerve to laugh at her! I just started crying and gave her the pair of tennis shoes I had just purchased. Then I proceeded to take her to the nearest store and buy her a couple of jugs of water. It only cost me about $20 and it was the best $20 I ever spent. If people would just be willing to give a little every now and then to help others, there wouldn’t be so many people living on the streets. I seriously don’t know how some people live with themselves!

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By: IvySteph http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348252 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:27:28 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348252 I can’t believe the lack of compassion some people have for those who are in trouble. We’ve all needed help at times in our lives. Anyone who has never been homeless should count themselves very fortunate. It has to be a very difficult situation, and I can only imagine how hard it must be for these women and children. Regardless of how they came to be homeless, these people need help. Otherwise, they may never be able to improve their situation and find a home. These women do not strike me as lazy individuals. I bet they would welcome having jobs and becoming better educated if that meant being able to provide better lives for their children. They seem to very concerned about the importance of education and are already working hard in order to survive being homeless. I think they just need a little help from the government or charitable individuals to help them get started on the right path. Just because they need help now does not mean they expect to be helped the rest of their lives.

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By: veraluz http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348250 Mon, 12 Mar 2012 23:05:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348250 what’s the problem finding a place for this family to live ? I have an empty trailer on my farm that they could stay in rent-free.Schoolbus stops half a block away.Please give contact info

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By: kattt http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348247 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 22:37:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348247 hey uuu hoo kate, look on the table, you will see a couple of cartons, soda doesnt come in cartons. someone probably gave her the chicken. she gets probably whatever a pantry or what/whomever gives her. their thriftstore might not have a rice cooker today? our ice is not a buck here and it SURE doesnt last 3 days. and the ice is all MOOT ANYWAY as long as they r n the motel its probably free-NOT that that has anything to do with anything! obviously the tatoo (which I dont love, but soooo what?) was paid for when somebody had the money to pay for it. should she use the little money she has now to have it removed? of course not! i get so tired of such judgemental attitudes. any of you could come down with an incurable disease that had nothing to do with “poor choices.” then u will understand the system makes it impossible for one to have their basic human needs on your own. God help u if u dont have any family! now how r these women responsible for the actions of their “husbands?” was it their responsibility to make them do right? how is that possible? WHY is it a higher priority for the incarcerated husband to have t.v. computers, electricity, a/c, heat, food, shelter, dental care, medicine, therapy, gyms, bathroom facilities, etc etc etc???

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By: mdcioara http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348246 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 20:04:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348246 Lucy Nicholson: Can you please tell us how we could contact and help this family? Thank you!

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By: GMavros http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348245 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:28:06 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348245 @Tiu

‘Foreign Aid Budget’ means ‘Foreign Military Aid Budget’ and not a penny goes to the needy.
In fact most of these Budgets are given as military hardware produced here and the profits go to our 1% elite here. Another smaller part of our Foreign Aid Budget goes to the recipient country’s elite that support our economic interests. Have you got that clear, boy?
Now go read some real books or do something to clear your head with.

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By: Tiu http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/2012/03/09/an-american-homeless-family/comment-page-1/#comment-348244 Sun, 11 Mar 2012 18:00:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/photographers-blog/?p=26593#comment-348244 How much was that foreign aid budget this year?

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