Homelessness is an epidemic. It often seems impossible to stop, impossible to fix, and impossible to even think about addressing.
There are so many people in need, and there are so few resources that are given to them. A recent story by KSBY highlighted this issue by shedding light on the 10,000 homeless students in Santa Maria Valley schools. Our three day event that will be taking place this weekend, Stuff the Bus, will help only a small portion of those students gain access to resources they need to succeed in school. Every bit helps, but there is so much to be done.
It's not homelessness. It's houselessness.
In Santa Barbara County, our homeless population reaches out to us at Home for Good Santa Barbara County. They reach out to Good Samaritan, PATH, the police, City and County Housing Authorities, hospitals, Pathpoint, Fighting Back, and many more organizations that provide homeless assistance throughout the county. View the map below to see a developing list of resources that are available to our homeless population.
When thinking about homelessness, it is important to remember that each person has a story, a dream, a past, and a future.
As George Carlin put it: "It's not homelessness. It's houselessness. It's houses these people need. A home is an abstract idea. A home is a setting, a state of mind." A home is something that can be created, but first, a house must be available. To quote another great, Mark Twain, "The secret of getting ahead is getting started." We work to help get people started. Once they have a house, they can create a home -- for good.
Santa Barbara County needs to live United to help its most vulnerable. To build our community, we must build in many ways. We need to build people up so they can see their potential. We need to build an attitude of acceptance to let people living in shelters or on streets reintegrate into neighborhoods, apartments, and houses. We need to build homes. We need to build each other.
We look forward to continuing our work tackling the houseless issue in Santa Barbara County, and we hope you can join us in the fight.