Golden Girls would love to live in a pet friendly tiny home / tiny home village / community asap. Baby boomer and dog living on a fixed income. We are house trained, non-smokers, non-drinkers, non-druggies.
would love to find a quiet home of our own, a home with privacy, a yard, garden and perhaps a community with other dogs.
Bag ladies, old maids and dogs, oh my
These days, we do not talk about bag ladies, shopping cart women or Mary Sugar Bums as my mother so impolitely called them. Our worst nightmare. The homeless women on the streets that our mothers warned us that we would become if we did not snag a rich doctor husband, go to college and get a degree or became a starving artist, writer, actress or god forbid, an old maid.
The bag ladies in NYC fed the pigeons at the park. And they’d push their shopping carts around the streets. No one noticed or pretended not to notice them. Did anyone ever talk to them or try to help them? Most people look down or away. Like in that song by Phil Collins.
“Another Day In Paradise”
“Sir, can you help me?
It’s cold and I’ve nowhere to sleep,
Is there somewhere you can tell me?”
He walks on, doesn’t look back
He pretends he can’t hear her
Starts to whistle as he crosses the street
Seems embarrassed to be there
Oh think twice, it’s another day for
You and me in paradise
Oh think twice, it’s just another day for you,
You and me in paradise
She calls out to the man on the street
He can see she’s been crying
She’s got blisters on the soles of her feet
Can’t walk but she’s trying
Oh think twice…
Oh lord, is there nothing more anybody can do
Oh lord, there must be something you can say
You can tell from the lines on her face
You can see that she’s been there
Probably been moved on from every place
‘Cos she didn’t fit in there
Oh think twice…
The Bowery Bums were scowled at. Dad would say, “Close the windows and lock the doors.” The Bowery “bums” would clamor over to clean our car windows with their filthy rags whenever we stopped for a light. These men slept on the streets because they drank too much, according to parental wisdom. “Shoo shoo,” go away,” they were told, as if they were flies. Perhaps if dad was feeling generous, a quarter or two would get thrown out the window. The men scrambled for the loose change.
I always wondered why they were treated like yesterday’s trash, sleeping on benches, wrapped in newspapers, like day old fish. It seemed unfair, cruel and inhumane. But I was a kid and did not ask questions that would get the parents scowling at me.
Nowadays, homeless people (as they are now called) are banned in cities around the country. And I’m a grown-up and can talk about their plight.
I wonder out loud why dogs get homes but not homeless women over 50 in places like the Monterey Bay area. These Golden Girls are vulnerable and have health problems. They do not deserve to be sleeping on the streets. Yet, their population is increasing in LA, San Francisco and other cities in the USA. Imagine your mother, grandmother, aunt or sister without a dime, without support and without a home living on the streets. Cold shudder.
Yet, this is happening now. And we can ignore the problem. Or we can solve it. And there ARE solutions. Studies have been done that show that it costs three times MORE per person per year in taxpayer dollars to leave homeless people out on the streets than to give people homes. And Utah has been doing just that. Giving homeless people apartments to live in with no strings attached. And it is working and saving millions of taxpayer dollars. So why aren’t more cities doing this?
Some humane cities such as Eugene, Oregon, Austin, Texas and others are creating tiny home villages for homeless people.
These are creative solutions. Perhaps there are others that fit your local community. Many people are outraged and do not know what to do. Some are afraid. Yet it is very clear that as Baby Boomers age, cost of living increases and high rents and foreclosures are leaving too many people out in the cold.
This writer over 60 and her dog (who are in a precarious situation themselves) are raising money for Golden Girls, homeless women over 50 on fixed incomes to receive tiny homes. Some women have dogs. Others have no cars. All deserve homes.
We would love to live in a place with other writers / editors, creative professionals… California, Nevada or Oregon, willing to relocate.
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