COUNTRY SHOCKED BY VETERANS HOMELESSNESS
(These thoughts are purely the blunt, no nonsense personal opinions of the author and are not intended to provide personal or financial advice.)
March, 2015 study has revealed that approximately 2,250 veterans are homeless.or about 2.7 per cent of the total homeless population (homeless-veterans). There is shock that there are homeless veterans and it took five years to track the data. Average age of homeless veterans is 52 years of age compared to 37 years of age for general homeless population. Review of online information reveals that many veterans joined armed forces because of lack of jobs as in Atlantic Canada, and then come back to again no jobs. Age in fifties also makes it more difficult to integrate back into civilian life. Many of these homeless are single or if married/ partnered suffer broken marriages/partnerships because of the mental stresses of service.
Why should this be shocking when 300,000 Canadian persons or families are waiting for affordable housing ? In addition immigrants are brought into country, given temporary free housing and jobs adding further insult to injury. (In recent news immigrant family,while travelling to Jamaica, found their Canadian-born child is on a ‘no fly’ list – so what is this, immigrant family wealthy enough to have a nice little vacation while Canadian-born persons are homeless or waiting affordable housing?)
The mentality of government, decision makers, businesses and families in this country is to serve only the rich and middle class families while ignoring singles, low income and no income individuals and families. When reading or listening to articles on housing for families, families will always talk about how important their housing is for them in regards to entertaining and maintaining close ties to friends and families. They talk about how their ‘hearts are eternally and inexplicably changed’ when bearing their children, but same hearts appear to become ‘hearts of stone’ when these same children become adult singles, low income or no income persons and families. The greed of business decisions takes over from family values and these disadvantaged persons are tossed out or are considered less important or non-existant in financial formulas and decision-making processes.
Housing is just one example. Those with the money and decision making powers continue the NIMBY mentality where they do not want to see tiny houses or condos in their precious spaces. When tiny condos are built, for example 200 square feet, the purchasers of these spaces are often forced to pay more on less square foot living space and less take-home income than families paying for houses (thus violating Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow%27s_hierarchy_of_needs). One example is a complex in Calgary where the 532 square foot condo is $299,900 or $543 per square foot, and the 1830 square foot condo begins at $649,900 or $355 per square foot. The higher cost per square foot means that tiny space purchasers also will pay proportionately more real estate fees, education fees, house taxes and mortgage interest payments because all these fees are based on the cost of the housing, not square footage. (See November 13,2015 post “Upside Down Finances re Housing for Singles and Low Income” – how is this any different than loan sharking or payday loans?)
Calgary Herald December 16, 2015 article “Nothing New from housing collective” (housing-affordability) (a study going on for 14 months) states:
’Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he’s unhappy with the city’s Community Housing Affordability Collective strategy, but hopeful it’s members now understand the ‘time for talk is over.’
Talk, talk, talk, and study after study without action is just meaningless rhetoric. In this so called democratic, civilized country all persons, whether they are immigrants or Canadian-born, single or married, male or female, low income or no income deserve the same financial dignity and respect such as being included in financial formulas. All individuals deserve a living wage job and a place to live in just like the rich and middle class families.
(This blog is of a general nature about financial discrimination of individuals/singles. It is not intended to provide personal or financial advice).