Our nation has spent trillions to bail out the weasels of Wall Street and the tycoons of global corporations, overlooking "shenanigans" that have caused worldwide economic havoc.
In the meantime, millions of housing-poor Americans have been swept to the streets. Former members of the American Dream club are cast from their homes while real estate vultures feast on the spoils. And, perhaps most tragically, at the bottom of the pile, families and individuals with no place to call home are buried in the rubble of a fallen economy.
HUD, the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, albeit inadequately funded, fails by even generous estimates to meet the needs of the most desperate--the families with nowhere to turn, whose credit and record of unpaid public and private housing debts are now deemed unworthy of help, or who, by bureaucratic standards, are deemed not absolutely homeless.
These families are often not in shelters, but precariously, and inhumanely, barely existing in dilapidated trailers or campers, storage units, tents, or bouncing from hither to yon between family, friends and acquaintances.
It is time to scoop them up from the vortex of destruction and give them a place to live. HUD needs to declare a moratorium on turning away families based on past non-violent history with HUD, and establish emergency procedures that prioritize housing and assisting these most endangered families (and individuals). Likewise, HUD must revise policies, based on degrees of housing peril, that act as barriers to assistance Those with safety-related issues, if verified by an independent and responsible independent agency, need to be housed where they can do no harm, and receive whatever help is needed to rectify things.
This isn't cheap. But we've found money to bail out the robber barons who continue their evil ways, so we must find ways to help these folks. Ask Goldman Sachs to fund it. Whatever it takes.