I've noticed that capacity to address the chronic problems associated with poverty and under-employment is not our problem in this country. Our problem is moral will and a commitment to justice.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita evacuees.
In Dallas the newcomers were able to find housing, food benefits, social services case management, health care, child care, pre-school slots and enrollment in our schools almost overnight, as compared to the experience of typical Dallas residents.
Vouchers for housing were awarded on the spot. Food stamp certification was expedited. Health care issues were handled. Children were lined up and cared for case-by-case in an amazing manner. Everything seemed to turn on a dime for the evacuees.
Churches mobilized like never before! One local minister commented, "We may need a disaster a month to keep the church engaged like this."
What is troubling is the fact that lots of capacity goes unused by those who need to tap into it because our system is not so responsive to the steady wind that blows through the lives of poor people every day in this city. Either by limiting the resources that could be made available to those who need them or by making access so difficult or both, the current system that claims to be designed to lift our most vulnerable citizens, conspires to keep them shut out and held back.
I know it is the same elsewhere.
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