Homeless and Helpless
Hundreds of thousands of Americans face the holidays without shelter and without hope.
This year marks the 55th anniversary of the assassination of President John Kennedy and the legislation that he championed, commonly called the Community Mental Health Centers Act.
In his remarks to Congress, the president said (and no doubt believed) that “when carried out, reliance on the cold mercy of custodial isolation will be supplanted by the open warmth of community concern and capability.” He must be rolling over in his grave.
On a single night in January 2012, a total of 111,993 men and women with severe mental illness were reported to be homeless in America. Of those, 46,550 were sleeping unsheltered — on the streets, in parks and abandoned buildings, under overpasses and bridges, in tents, sheds, barns, and other places “not meant for human habitation.” … read the rest of the article