About 3,000 people will not go to bed in their own homes tonight in West Virginia, because they don’t have homes. Decades of efforts by state and federal governments have failed to eliminate the problem of homelessness.
In truth, the homeless problem cannot be completely eliminated. Of those 3,000 homeless residents, some are men and women who for one reason or another choose to be homeless.
But many, including too many children, wish they had warm homes in which to spend these cold evenings.
The reasons they do not are many and varied - and obviously, not well understood.
Appropriately enough, last week - on the day before Thanksgiving - W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reinvigorated a state program to help the homeless. Established in 2007, it had been inactive for about two years.
Tomblin did something wise in ordering the program to be revived. He transferred it to the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities.
We are now entering the time of the year when it is more than just uncomfortable to be forced to spend the night outside - it is dangerous. This is a good season for West Virginia residents to pray the BHHF can find realistic ways to fight homelessness in our state.
— News and Sentinel, Parkersburg