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VOTE! A word you may have heard thirty-nine times today alone… yes? Voting is extremely important. It is not only our civil duty, but every vote tallied is a voice heard! So, with the Presidential election coming up in a couple of days, let’s talk about how we can use our vote to help the homeless. Regardless of which political party you support, whether it’s a donkey or an elephant, we all have one thing in common… we are all God’s creatures.
Why our VOTE for local officials is essential
The funding for homeless programs comes mostly from federal “block grants” which are administered by each state. They are then looked over by our local government which decides on how to spend and allocate the monies. If we become involved, educated, and participate in voting for local candidates we can definitely make a positive impact! Our voice can be heard and we can be a part of influencing where this money goes, how it is distributed, and increasing services for our homeless population.
There are also other ways to get involved, in addition to your vote. For starters, we can become involved in town halls, local planning meetings, and budget sessions. Following our local candidates and what their views are, even on their Facebook page, is also a great way to stay in the loop. If we vote for the best candidate, it can make a significant difference in decreasing the numbers of those experiencing homelessness and increasing their available resources.
High numbers that need your VOTE
As reported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2019 homelessness in the US increased by 3%. This increase marks the 3rd straight year that shows a climbing trend in those experiencing homelessness. The statistics are already so high, we can not continue to allow these numbers to soar. Especially, as it relates to the negative effects of a global pandemic, COVID-19. And, more importantly, those to come.
Over 228,000 people have lost their lives to this unforgiving virus, and almost 9 million cases have been reported in the US alone. Sadly, these numbers just keep rising. It seems like on every corner, another small business is shutting down or has a closed sign that hangs in their window. How will all these people be affected? How about those that lost their jobs, and whose unemployment is quickly running out? Restaurant workers and those in the service industry have taken a huge hit and a major decrease in business and revenue. Behind each person is a family to feed and provide for. I can’t help but fear how this horrific virus will impact the number of people and families that will experience homelessness. Eviction numbers are through the roof, and this is only the beginning. We need to use our VOTE to reduce these numbers and stop these rising trends.
Ready, Set, VOTE
Most people only rush to the polls every 4 years to vote for the President. The reality of it is, voting for local government may be just as significant, and bring about big and much-needed changes within our communities. As you go to the polls or mail in your ballots in the next few days, consider making voting a priority during all elections, big and small. They all count. Your vote matters. And, every vote counted is a voice heard.
So, let’s make a commitment to help all those experiencing homelessness, needing resources, and the support of our local government agencies. By casting our vote when it matters most. Moving forward, let’s make voting a priority for each and every election and be part of an amazing movement. One of change, of hope, and of great promise for a brighter future <3