Choosing Homelessness?

In my post those experiencing homelessness, I addressed the need to treat those experiencing homelessness as individuals. Individuals with sufficient cognitive ability, however, can decide either to accept or resist assistance. Mental health professionals and volunteers struggle with the fact everyday. As a result I often hear phrases like “we can’t help someone who doesn’t want help.” That’s true, and given the limited resources, time, and energy of those trying to help, this approach is completely understandable and expected. Especially … read more

Humility and American Exceptionalism

On December 22, 1783, after eight long years of war, General George Washington surrendered his commission to Congress.  The act was the response to a viable plot by his officers, with Washington as their leader, to march on Congress and take over the government.  This was a plot that would have obviously altered the course of history, but something not uncommon in a post revolutionary environment.  Similarly, in 1796, then President Washington announced that he would not run for a … read more

Those Experiencing Homelessness

As a member of the Costa Mesa Street Team, I’ve had to opportunity to meet and relate with countless residents experiencing homelessness.  As a result I’m often asked why I think people end up without a home.  The reality is there is no answer to the question.  Policy wonks, however, love to categorize. You might hear things like “some are mentally ill, some are addicts, and some are just down on their luck”.  These are often true, but some may … read more

Costa Mesa Supportive Homeless Housing is a Conservative Solution

We are so fortunate to live in a community where residents see a problem, and actually work to fix it. Our local churches and non-profit organizations, for instance, are doing some wonderful things in the area of homelessness. As a member of the Costa Mesa Street Team, and an active participant in Trellis, I’ve had the opportunity to be apart of many of them. None of this amazing work, however, can replace the need for housing. Most urgently, the need … read more

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