Yesterday, our Neighbourhood Association sent out a notice that made me angry.
Round Rock has a small community of homeless people. I have not been one of the good people who help them out with food, odd jobs, etc, as my own poverty level is pretty severe. However, they appear to be harmless...at least, there has been no crime wave associated with them, or anything like that.
On Tuesday morning, some folks went by to check on them, and found them to have been burned out. Yup. Some mean-spirited individual set fire to all the accumulated gear of homelessness. Clothing, tents, blankets, food; things that people have scrounged and scrabbled for. In fact, literally everything they had is gone.
I'm thinking this is a very crude way of saying, "Move on," but many of these people might be local folks who have lost their homes, and not transients who have just fetched up under our bridges? I'm not saying that some of the homeless are not transients--I'm saying that I don't know, and neither does the person who burned them out.
Something like 90% of us are about three months away from homelessness on any given day. These days, many of us have no savings at all. What happens if we lose our jobs, can't pay our bills and can't make our house payments?
I'm willing to bet that our community resources are stretched pretty thin right now.
If anyone has any old tents, clothing, blankets, etc., that they would like to donate to help these folks out, my email address is listed under my picture when you click on my full profile. If you are local, I can pick stuff up. I don't want to put the contact person's address out there, as she might become a target of the arsonists.
If you don't want to help, at least think about these homeless folks in a more sympathetic light, OK?