According to statistics, there are about 600,000 people in the United States who are out in the streets homeless every night. Furthermore, we are told that over 40,000 of those are veterans.
It’s a sad reality that we all have to face but its also good to know there are steps being taken to solve the problem. In the city of Riverside in California, for example, reports tell us that the number is already down to what is considered a “functional zero.”
Since 2016, Riverside has maintained “functional zero” which means the number of homeless people is “less than the monthly housing placement rate”.
A veteran himself, Mayor Rusty Bailey of Riverside is determined to eliminate the problem in his city.
According to him:
“Some of my own neighbors have become homeless, and they’ve been erased from society and ended up dying because of homelessness.”
With this in mind, Bailey is working with 77 mayors, 4 governors, and 4 county officials across the United States to help veterans experiencing homelessness.
The “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” is an extention of the Opening Doors program, spearheaded by former first lady Michelle Obama back in 2010.
An Upworthy report tells us that Opening Doors “combined the use of federal resources and local leadership to help communities put a plan in place to ensure homelessness is prevented whenever possible.”
The secret behind the city’s success, according to the mayor, is the Housing First Policy.
“You can’t end homelessness without housing. Becoming homeless is a vicious cycle our neighbors without homes end up in, and the sooner we can take them out of that cycle the better, the sooner we can place them into housing, the better.”
Everyone’s involved in combating veteran homelessness.
The process begins with the Homeless Outreach Team getting to know homeless individuals, gathering information about their background, and helping evaluate their healthcare needs, among others.
The policy utilizes resources from local, state, and federal government to generate housing options that are affordable for the homeless. Support services are also provided for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.
Moreover, Bailey points out that basic assistance such as making it possible for homeless veterans to acquire valid IDs can be a big help. On top of that, the city offers goes as far as offering landlords with yearly stipends of about $250 for necessary house repair.
Here’s one of Mayor Bailey’s past interviews:
Riverside assisted its first 80 homeless veterans in 2016 and now the city is aiming to help homeless students.
With that achievement, the city is now setting its sights on homeless high school and college students next.
As the mayor said:
“Now that we have this model, we can take it to the rest of the population. They’re all human beings, and we’re all neighbors here in Riverside.”
Groom Makes A Touching Vow To His Bride’s Daughter, Asks Her To Take Him As Her Dad
Without any hesitation, the little girl agreed.
While there is nothing unusual about a bride and groom exchanging wedding vows, one ceremony has recently captured the hearts of netizens everywhere. The video went viral and it showed the groom making a vow to his stepdaughter and many people could not help but feel moved by the sweet moment.
Brandon Lindenman recently exchanged vows with Anastasia Lindenman in a New Jersey ceremony that was attended by friends and relatives. However, he did not stop with his speech about his promise of forever to his bride. In fact, most people were moved even more with the next speech he delivered - it was addressed to 4-year-old Raina, Anastasia’s child with her first husband.
Brandon Lindenman did not only make a vow to his bride during his wedding: He asked his stepdaughter, Raina, if he could be his father, too!
Waitress Got $3,000 Tip For Working Hard and ‘Smiling’
There is still good in this world and a waitress from Washington was witness to this very fact when she got the most generous tip of her life.
Smiles are contagious. People who always smile tend to bring a certain feeling of joy to the people around them that they are often considered a ray of light amidst the world’s unending doom and gloom.
Michelle Bozeman just cannot stop smiling. As a waitress at a busy diner in Napavine, Washington, Michelle remains cheerful to the customers, keeping a sweet smile on her face while working hard and serving good food for 20 years.
Fortunately, her efforts did not go unnoticed as a mystery couple left her a generous tip - a whopping $3,000 for her hard work and constant beaming grin....
This 19-Year-Old Guy Is Among The World’s Youngest Bitcoin Millionaires
It all started when he spent $10 on bitcoin when he was 12.
Although merely 19 years of age, Erik Finman is already a millionaire. It all became possible because of bitcoin and judging by his Instagram feed, he is obviously very proud about his achievements.
In some of his posts, you’ll see him lying in bed with lots of cash. In others, he’s stepping right outside private jets.