So he, (or perhaps it's a she), has come back for more. Just another day of school for this person. Here is his reply:
Funny how you think money solves all problems. Since this is TN, perhaps volunteering your apartment address for the Christian groups to drop off their food donations would be the answer. I'll make a deal with you. You volunteer your home address and I'll print up flyers and work with the Christian groups to make your apartment "homeless central" for food donations. This is a WIN-WIN situation. You WIN because your friends are fed and I WIN because the homeless aren't hanging around downtown so much. You don't mind homeless hanging around your place all day do you? Thanks...Also heres my PAYPAY account: firstname.lastname@example.org Once you're ahead for the month, can you send me a $5.00 to cover copying cost? Thanks!
My Response: Boy, I wish I had more time today to respond to this. We'll see how much I can get in here.
I have noticed, since the beginning of this past Republican reign, that the Republicans would quickly accuse non-Republicans of the very things Republicans are doing. When the Republicans began rewriting history to serve their own purposes, the first thing they did, before they could be called on it, was to claim that the Democrats were revisionists. It's a nifty little trick. Especially when there is no way for Democrats to respond immediately and in kind, to the facts. But you see, in the blogging world, things work a little differently. My response is allowed to be more timely. And I am allowed the time and space to hash out all the facts pertinent to the issue.
The very first thing out of the mouth, (or computer) of our commenter, is the statement, "Funny how you think money solves all problems." My goodness, how wrong, and reversed, is that from the actual truth. Is it not the people who horde money, who have more money than they know what to do with, who, instead of being frugal, buy property for the status it brings. Is that not why people buy "luxury" condos and other property downtown? Sure it is. To these people, it's all about the Benjamins.
My only comment on money in the previous post was to show that money could be better spent. It is the Downtown Partnership, and the Urban Residents Association, who are spending a great deal of money hiring off duty police officers and security guards to chase, and hopefully harass the homeless out of downtown. And believe me, it adds up to a whole lot of money. If it is any one, or group, who things that money can solve their issues with the homeless, it's these people. Oh, there is nothing like the accuser being guilty of the crime he accuses another of.
All I suggest is that these groups spend their money more wisely. Certainly the same amount of money used to cure homelessness would be a better use of that money than just trying to chase the homeless away. Noted author, Malcolm Gladwell, who wrote, "The Tipping Point," also wrote and article talking about how it just may be easier to cure homelessness, than just manage it.
Further on, our commenter, almost threateningly, beckons me to allow Churches to bring food to the homeless in front of my apartment - something to which our commenter would gladly support. Well, what our commenter doesn't know (and there is a lot that he doesn't know) is that Church groups do in fact bring food to my apartment complex. You see, I am staying in a small apartment building that is part of Nashville's pilot Housing First project. (Google "Housing First" to get more information on that.) And my apartment building is close enough downtown that occasionally, panhandlers come by. I still get panhandled, as I have always been panhandled - it's not a problem for me. I just tell them "no" and go about my business.
The really important point, that our commenter continues to miss, is that homeless people are not attracted to certain areas based on what food, or other freebies are made available to them. I understand that that may be a difficult concept for some people to get, but it's the truth. What actually happens is that some organization, usually a church, reads their Bible, prays to God, and comes to the realization that God wants them to feed and clothe the poor and homeless. So, they strike out in search of the homeless, and find the homeless in the downtown areas. Church groups didn't just set up shop in downtown and wait to see if any poor and homeless would find them there. The poor and homeless came first. Just look at how Nashville's rescue mission got started. Some traveling preacher came to Nashville, saw the homeless on the streets, and gave a donation to start the mission. See? The homeless were already in downtown, before anyone came to give food and shelter to them. And that's the way it's always been. If these church groups went out to some place where there were no homeless, the homeless would never find them. Kinda makes sense, doesn't it?
And our commenters final contribution is the temporary offer of helping advertise, by way of flyers, where the food would be offered, away from his place. Well, again, our commenter proves that he doesn't understand the minds of homeless people. For all the flyers and posters in downtown, encouraging people to not give to panhandlers, and all the little hand outs with lists of homeless service providers, that luxury loft owners hand out to people who panhandle them, after all that "advertising" panhandling is still alive and well in downtown Nashville.
You, after all is said and done, homeless people are going to do whatever they want to do, regardless of what society desires. Homeless people exist outside of society - society rejects the homeless, so the homeless reject society. Homeless people just don't give a damn about Mr Commenter, about his money, his ego, or his desire to have a Disney-esque downtown experience.
My advice to our commenter, and all downtown luxury loft owners, is to start caring about the homeless - when and if that ever happens, they just may see the homeless starting to care about them.