I follow a guy on Twitter who's homeless. He and his dog live in his car. I truly feel for the guy, wishing I could help him out. I retweet his posts, hoping someone can help him out. He lives in CA. If you can help, let me know. He needs a job and a place to live, for starters.
I also saw a guy on a street corner asking for money. He's a vet, homeless, broke, and stranded, according to his cardboard sign. He also had his dog with him. People were pulling over and giving this poor guy money.
I've written quite a few books on the homeless and the hopeless. I have one book out by Eryn Grace that's no longer for sale (the company went under and I never got my rights back). A rich girl was sent with her company to a homeless shelter, to know what it was like to be homeless. I had to do a bit of research for that one, because I can't even imagine what it's like. But one thing I did realize...it can happen to anyone at any time.
Another book I wrote was called 'Better Watch Out' by Kyra Myles. In this one, a fire destroys the family home and the teenager has to figure out how to help her family. They end up in a homeless shelter, but there is hope for them, after an alien approaches her with a job.
In yet another book, entitled 'Ruled a Suicide,' a homeless mother with a young daughter is on the streets of Phoenix. She sees a dead body and has to do something about it.
I wish I could help the homeless. Yes, there are some that abuse the system, but I believe in the good nature of people and think that most of them are actually homeless. I'd love to give them hope. I do what I can by donating clothes and food when I can. Because you never know when it can happen to you or to a loved one.
The homeless are interesting characters, too. They try to hide any infirmity, any weakness, or they'll be in trouble with other homeless, or with authorities. I found that when I wrote Ruled a Suicide. If other homeless think you have money, you're in trouble. If the authorities see a child on the streets, you're in trouble. Being homeless is tough, at best.
Am I missing anything?
Have a great day!