Re: Some comments

Theodore Latham (
Fri, 13 Nov 1998 13:03:51 PST


     You know I'm quite busy these days as a webmaster and PC 
technician, so I rarely get to participate in HPN like I use to, but my 
question is ... did you write this? Whether you did or not .. it's 
beautiful and makes a clear point that I doubt anyone that's been 
homeless themselves or work around homeless persons can dispute that 
closing statement, if I may quote you or whomever .. "A physical place 
-- a symbolic place homelessness will not end without this sense of 
PLACE". Although I've been off the streets for 16 months, come Sunday, 
and will try my very best to stay off the streets, I still don't feel I 
have that sense of PLACE, because I live with 3 generations of relatives 
and it's not my house, and the hick town that it's rooted in, is no 
where near my choice of places to make my home in. Although, as a 
professional and fast approaching successful webmaster I could afford to 
move where I want to be, but yet in still as a former addict, I fear 
getting back into the center of that element that awaits me in the "way 
larger than my present town" environment that's called the BIG CITY. 
Maybe after I've been clean for 2 years and can manage my income 110% 
will I leave here enroute to New Orleans or San Francisco to make my new 
home and then, maybe then will I have that sense of PLACE, both physical 
and symbolic in my mind and heart that comes with being homed. Right 
now, I'm imprisoned in a place that I wholeheartedly do not wish to be. 
Maybe that's why I spend the majority of my waking moments in 
cyberspace. Once again, I'd like to say ... this is a Great Poem .. NUFF 


Tedrico Latham

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----------- (Virginia Sellner) wrote:
>Subject: Re: Some comments
>Why do we have homelessness
>in this the richest nation in the world?
>We are divided -- us and them - the housed and the unhoused.
>What will it take to rid ourselves of this disgrace --
>to bring us together -- to unite us all?
>More than the creation of affordable housing.
>More than availability of living wage jobs.
>The housed have PLACE -- a home, community, friends,
>nurturing relationships, physical and emotional attachments.
>These are lost to the unhoused.
>The center of their world is ever changing,
>Often dangerous and unhealthy.
>They are separated from the housed.
>Shattered -- they have no PLACE.
>Deprived of home -- of place,  privacy,
> belonging, rootedness, community,
>without a reference point --
>no way to define who they are.
>Losing your home is to lose part of yourself, 
>the meaning of your life,
>producing a profound sense of loss -- of grief
>How did this happen?
>We think more of the unhoused AS A PROBLEM
>rather than THE PROBLEMS of the unhoused.
>This view results in lists and rules.
>Hoops to jump through to obtain services
>demanding and demeaning.
>Rules that no housed person would tolerate.
>Smacking of racism and classism.
>How do we solve this --
>how do we create PLACE for all?
>The housed who have never experienced homelessness
>do not know the answers -- 
>cannot understand the pain -- the loss, the grief
>Listen to the voices of the unhoused
>hear their needs -- respond positively
>Take responsibility --
>Bring a sense of community -- of belonging
>cohesiveness to all of society -- 
>Bring a sense of PLACE back to the unhoused.
>Each of us has a right to a place in society
>A physical place -- a symbolic place
>homelessness will not end without this sense of PLACE
>Virginia Sellner 1996
>Virginia Sellner
>Wyoming Coalition for the Homeless
>P. O. Box 1232
>Cheyenne, WY 82003-1232
>Located at 910 Central Ave. Upstairs
>(307) 634-8499
>web page:

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