Morongo Basin holidays a time of hope, frustration and hardship for homeless

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The last sentence of George Orwell’s 1930 “Down and Out in Paris and London” is relevant today just as it was in 1930. Orwell (Eric Blair) wrote:

I shall never again think that all tramps are drunken scoundrels, nor expect a beggar to be grateful when I give him a penny, nor be surprised if men out of work lack energy… .”

Down and Out was written as a biographical documentary novel.

Our homeless population in the Morongo Basin is consistent with Orwell’s knowledge that the homeless are real people Down and Out, not impure, less than human.

The Morongo Basin homeless deal with widespread discrimination on a daily basis kinda like the Untouchables in the Indian Hindu caste system.

Is it acceptable or morally honorable to write off a homeless person because he or she may be called an “indigent or transient”? Are they less than human?

Are 29 Palms, Yucca Valley and the county (Joshua Tree) under any obligation to help with public funds for overnight warming facilities for (its) homeless people– or a homeless shelter in our area.

Couldn’t Jesus have been thought a transient during his journeys throughout the time in which he traveling around spreading love, acceptance and compassion?

Wasn’t Buddha — a former prince turned transient-vagabondage — an unemployed man not seeking gainful employment — living from handouts during his time spreading the sort of philosophy that makes for a better people and a better world?

Trending in some SoCal cities to help the less-fortunate homeless, San Diego rolled-up their sleeves and procured military winter tents for use of the homeless during Christmas, called the Alpha Project.

This week, Michael Donaldson, director of pastoral care for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, said: We are called to shine a light on the issue of homelessness in our communities and encourage all to set aside any judgment or callousness and respond to the desperate calls from our streets.”

For Victorville,

First District San Bernardino County Supervisor Robert Lovingood has prevailed upon the U.S Marine Corps to have the military contingent provide two 20-man tents to tide through until the end of winter the effort to shelter from nature’s brutal elements some of the desert’s indigent population.” San Bernardino Sentinel

Even though Yucca Valley is now one of the more impoverished of San Bernardino County’s incorporated municipalities, and 29 Palms  is a “severely depressed” community, there is no local or county funding for an overnight warming facility in the Morongo Basin.

If civility, goodwill, leadership and common sense were to prevail, 29 Palms and Yucca Valley along with the county would use public funds where most needed.


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3 Responses to Morongo Basin holidays a time of hope, frustration and hardship for homeless

  1. Dan OBrien
    Dan OBrien December 26, 2017 at 7:36 am

    WHat is your solution?

  2. Branson Hunter
    Branson Hunter December 29, 2017 at 7:17 am

    I drew attention to what was trending in two cities: San Diego rolled-up their sleeves and procured military winter tents for use during severe winter holidays. S.B. Supervisor Robert Lovingood scored two 20-man tents for Victorville to shelter homeless human beings through until the end of winter.

    The homeless issue needs to get more attention from local media. A Cactus thorns published two stories. CT helped in a small way.

    Local government council do care very much about their homeless suffering during brutal severe hypothermia winter days and nights. However, they have to care enough to do something, or in terms of leadership — demonstrate a better display of humanity.

    The city and town can hire an outside consulting firms in order to reconnoiter practical recommendations. If the city can use public finds for their friends to promote tourism in JT and YV rather than use public funds where it is needed most, it can seriously look at this problem with the intentions to act. A consulting firm can survey what other municipals are doing, reconnoiter local safety valves to help homelessness.

    The city, town and County needs to come together and have a discussion about homeless in the Morongo Basin, with the intentions to act.

    Ideally, neighborhood/ward voting districts will produce more humane elected officials. Both municipalities want to grow exponentially, but they lack leadership to accept the social responsibility that comes with growth.

    One of the problems that needs to be addressed is xenophobic attitudes by councilmembers toward the 29 and YV homeless; the needs to be overcome. This is why local media is is important to keep this in the public view and before the councils.

    The ultimate goal is to have a homeless shelter in the Basin.

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