14 May 2019, Tuesday
Greetings from our family to yours and Welcome to another TrailMagick89 missive,
A few months back I wrote the following for a blog post that never was posted and never will be posted: “Recently we had a meeting with one of our counselors. Being someone that has multiple doctors that control much of my life; I also have many other people that control much of my life. Per two of my neurologists I have to be seizure free for six months and seizure free for one year per my primary care physician before I will be cleared to have a normal job. So that is why I blog.
It is not a glorious job but I enjoy it. Now after two years Sweets and I are looking at being homeless once again. The interesting thing is that representatives of Oakland Livingston Human Services Agency, Michigan State Housing Development Authority, Housing First, my doctors, counselors, and a few other agencies, including doctors from two psych wards, all have repeatedly been told that we need to change our mindset. And that mindset is that we need to believe that we are not homeless and that we have a home so we are just like everyone else.
We have been in the Housing First program better known as being on section eight for eight months, after being in two other programs that has kept us in housing from November of two thousand sixteen until section eight picks us up. At since that time we have been repeatedly told we are not homeless and we should not have those thought.
We have been through two inspections which we are only supposed to have had one in three more months. It would be great if all the agencies, the government agencies, would share the information that we have repeatedly signed paperwork so they could do that very thing. However, each agency expects the people that are in one program or another to repeated fill out paperwork just to make sure we are not lying about some sort of bullshit, and then we are out of the program.
If we miss a deadline of filling out paperwork even by one day, even if we are waiting for an agency to get around to sending us required paperwork that we need to fill out another agencies paperwork, so as of this past week we have been informed that as of July first we will be back on the streets. We did not get the required paperwork we needed from the Social Security Administration to the company that is operating the Housing First program for Michigan State Housing Development Authority, do to the phone system at the SSA. We missed it by two days.
So after being homeless and getting a place, we will be back where we belong. We have a trike that will allow us to travel easier and carry more with us. So the mindset of millions around the world is supposed to change when each day we face the challenge of ending up right where we began.
The difference is from being homeless not by choice but by circumstance and being homeless by choice is that the choice gives us the opportunity to determine whether we are homeless, whether we are nomads, whether we are gypsies, whether we are vagabonds, or whether we are wanderers. So the mindset needs to change not only for those of us that has to pick whether we are to continue to be part of the system that wants to keep us under its thumb or whether we choose to be free. We have decided it is better to be anything other than homeless.
The thing is about this mindset that needs to change is not so much the people that are homeless but those that want to label us as homeless. Up until a hundred or so years ago the definition of the homeless was different. Sure there were people that are homeless but not like there are now a days.
What if we were to start looking at how people, all people, all of us started looking at one another as people that are here on earth, living on this planet, what if we each looked at one another as being equal? What if we work to make it possible for people to live as they choose? What if we started with a mindset of not discrediting one another?”
Instead of posting that blog missive about what if we have chosen to live the lifestyle of let us do this and see where it takes us not, “gee, I wonder what could have happen, had I only tried and taken that first step?”
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Semper Fidelis, Elroy & Sweets