Congress' attention and action right now: the millions of low-income families who rely upon federal housing assistance to keep a stable roof over their heads and are being threatened with losing access to these funds.
When the federal government seized part of the funding of numerous important public programs, subsidized housing was one of them. Nearly 140,000 impoverished families and individuals would be affected.
As Congress has settled on how to fund the U.S. government through September 2013, the only federal program targeted specifically to homeless and trafficked kids, the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, is about to be slashed.
We can't put our hope in politicians and organizations that attempt to smooth out the edges of terrible legislation while people lose their homes and programs are gutted. In communities across the country, groups are joining hands to build a movement for the human right to housing.
Any welfare for working adults should be in return for some contribution to society, whose other members are providing the help. Rather than mailing welfare checks without condition, government should pay a minimum wage for work done.
President Barack Obama's political sepulcher will be war. His extinguishment as a political comet could have been avoided if he had respected the exclusive constitutional responsibility of Congress to commence war.
Karen wishes only for some money, peace of mind and to get into her new residence. It's a shame that we can't provide solutions for people like Karen who are simply transitioning and trying to make the right choices.