Frozen Funds, Freezing Homeless
When you work on a Morning Show you drive in real early, as I was coming in this morning I saw a young person, backpack, wearing a hat and jacket just walking downtown Pittsfield.
This is not the first time I have seen folks early in the morning when there is snow and freezing cold with bags in a cart or carrying a suitcase.
The first thing that popped in my head was Is this a homeless person,and was there a place where they could warm up.
Then I get into work and right on top of the front page of the Berkshire Eagle is an article "State funds frozen; beds at premium"
Because of frozen state funds, Local shelters have fewer beds to offer this winter, even in the face of increasing demand, .
For the past four years, a $150,000 earmark helped shelters in Berkshire County increase their capacity during the winter months and meet spiking demand, but Gov. Charlie Baker froze all legislative earmarks in light of what his office calls legislative overspending. In the article Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier said “He’s holding them all hostage in the name of balancing the budget, adding that “$150,000 is a pretty small amount of money to keep people warm in the winter.”
Being homeless affects all ages, young and old.
Anyone have an idea on how to improve and help the homelessness, you can comment below.