I found this, from another Utah source, earlier in 2013:"Homeless and LGBT officials said the number of homeless Utah youths is
estimated at about 1,000, of which about 300 to 400 are LGBT. Out of those LGBT
homeless youths, about 150 to 200 are believed to come from Mormon
homes."I applaud the efforts, and am glad to see that the
homeless veteran issue is being addressed, but the youth issues require
different handling. Homeless youth, some damaged by having to leave homes that
rejected them, are much more likely to turn to prostitution, leading to more
drugs, and are much less likely to be wise about how to survive on the
streets.Previous studies suggesting that 30-40% of homeless youth
are LGBT have been reported over the years. Obviously, if the kids left home or
were kicked out due to "religious" reasons, it may be important to soft
pedal any religious mention until they are safe enough to choose to hear it.
The city should hire the homeless to do government jobs at minimum wage. Save
the taxpayer money and help the homeless.
There is much to note in this article. However, there is one thing missing in
the discussion. Why do we not attack the reason for the homelessness rather than
treating the symptom. No one discusses the reasons for homelessness and asks
where the extended family is in all of these situations. Let's first
address the cause rather than try and manage the symptoms.
Most of us have adequate food for our needs.It is easy to add some extra
canned, preferably protein foods, to your cart when shopping. Your local
Food Banks are very appreciate of these donations!So many folks will have
a sparse Christmas. At the very least, we can all help provide food to sustain
One thing I wish this article included is a way to help. Rather than sit and
blame the food stamp cuts and the government. Maybe include a list near the end
that says "here is what individuals can do to help." Food to the food
bank and so on. Include a list of places to take food and where it is needed the
most. Rather than just report the problem, try reporting an attempted solution
at the same time.