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“Can’t Stop The Feeling” | Rethink Homelessness

Watch this for a shot of joy. After years of homelessness, people express how it feels to finally have a home – with music and dance!

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

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  1. dancingpalmtrees

    Reblogged this on Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit and commented:
    I Celebrate along with the folks in the video because I too was nearly homeless. Evicted from my apartment in 2012. Only by the Grace of God did I Land on my feet. I am a U.S. Army Veteran, have a BA in English but my job pays very little and I suffered a minor stroke in Nov. 2008. So one can do all the right things and still fall through the cracks. Hollow platitudes of Thanks do nothing to help Veterans secure decent housing.

    Here is another possible solution.

    http://www.upworthy.com/these-renovated-motels-will-help-homeless-veterans-start-new-lives?g=2&c=upw1

    The Mayor and Gov. Cuomo need to collaborate to do something similar in New York. There are so many abandoned buildings that can be repurposed and revitalized to house currently homeless Veterans and Vets seeking low-cost, safe, clean, close to subway, pet friendly housing!!

    Sp4 DeBorah Ann Palmer, U.S. Army ~~ Nov. 1977 to Nov. 1981

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I’m so glad you shared!

  2. dancingpalmtrees

    I Celebrate along with the folks in the video because I too was nearly homeless. Evicted from my apartment in 2012. Only by the Grace of God did I Land on my feet. I am a U.S. Army Veteran, have a BA in English but my job pays very little and I suffered a minor stroke in Nov. 2008. So one can do all the right things and still fall through the cracks.

    Here is another possible solution.

    http://www.upworthy.com/these-renovated-motels-will-help-homeless-veterans-start-new-lives?g=2&c=upw1

    The Mayor and Gov. Cuomo need to collaborate to do something similar in New York. There are so many abandoned buildings that can be repurposed and revitalized to house currently homeless Veterans and Vets seeking low-cost, safe, clean, close to subway, pet friendly housing!!
    Sp4 DeBorah Ann Palmer, U.S. Army ~~ Nov. 1977 to Nov. 1981

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Homelessness can too easily happen to anyone. The LA “Step Up” project is wonderful! Every city should get on the bandwagon. Thanks for the link!

      • dancingpalmtrees

        You’re Welcome! My Pleasure! I Love your blog. Real messages. Meat to chew on for Thinking People!! I appreciate everything you bring to Light. Grace, Peace & Blessings to you!

      • JoAnn Chateau

        That means so much to me, Dancing. Thank you very much! God’s abundant peace, love, joy and blessings to you always!

  3. swo8

    No one should go homeless, it is a basic human right.
    Leslie

  4. Norman Pilon

    Well, it truly gladdens my heart to see that “some” people are finally being helped. The question remains, however, why it is that most who are in exactly the kinds of predicaments these people were in yet remain in those conditions. That’s the thing that needs to be addressed. Even if all communities across the U.S. managed to follow this lead — and it would be admirable if they did given that misery should not be left waiting under any circumstances — it would only be a short matter of time before the same situation would once again become what it was.

    It is the structural imperative of capitalist competition that cannot but create the widespread and always steadily increasing rate of unemployment that eventually ends up in the destitution that is the homelessness of far too many.

    “Charity,” as laudable as it may be, isn’t the answer, neither is welfare nor unemployment insurance, which only serve to mask and conceal the real problem that should be being front staged at all times.

    As Martin Luther King Jr. once put it:

    “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.”

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Yes. Philanthropy isn’t so good when it’s just superficial. The underlying cause? Yes, capitalism, a system that depends on exploitation – chewing people up and then spitting them out.

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