Homelessness in Oregon
Homelessness has been on the rise again over the last few years. Many transients are the stereotypical types found drunk and passed out beside a downtown building, but many more are there against their own wills. Society tends to create its own plagues be it viral or social. As the wealthy get richer, and more and more background checks are implemented to profile people as law enforcement does, we create situations that keep people from obtaining proper shelters that they could otherwise afford.
Example: A family grosses enough monthly income to pay three times the rent as required by most property management companies, has clean criminal history, but very bad credit scores. This family will be denied a rental just because of this issue. Let’s just be honest here. We have a bad economy and this is going to impact many families’ credit scores as well as companies. By denying families just because they have bad credit seems a little harsh.
Insurance does it as well. Apparently having bad credit makes you a liability or a bad driver. I understand that there are bad people out there but good or bad we all need a place to live. If they are bad enough then they should be in jail but if they are not criminal then why are they left to live on the streets? Profiling is helpful in many things but it should never keep someone homeless.
Society has created this homeless issue and blames the people or some other “Fall-Guy” rather than note the obvious. Evictions are necessary for those who are worthy of it. Families with children who are making efforts to pay rent but fall short of paying rent on time are evicted every day. Between these two issues and several others, we have created a rise in homelessness.
Changes need to be made regarding rental criteria and home ownership. It wasn’t that long ago that you could work a part-time job making $4.75 an hour and still have enough to pay rent, all your bills, and have enough for recreational fun. It is all simple maths. People have become greedy. Governments have lost sight of their purpose.
I am not, nor do I ever wish to be a politician, but someone needs to step up and do the right thing. Life should not be a struggle to live. People should never have to worry whether or not they will have a roof over their heads. Profiling should be banned. My credit should not be an issue for renting a home, just buying.