There are estimated to be 18,000 homeless people in Detroit. Many people say that is far too conservative of a number. A full 4,000 of the 18,00 homeless are veterans of the United States Armed Forces.
Recently human services built a complex explicitly for homeless veterans. Piquette Square, which has 150 one-bedroom apartments, a common area and commercial space in a four-story brick complex, opened in June (2010) at 285 Piquette in Detroit New Center. It’s billed as one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.
A key component of the $23-million project is the support services offered, including mental health counseling, substance-abuse treatment, job training, computer labs and educational programs.
What do you do with all the other homeless?
The city seems to be trying to chip away at the issue, but it is such a large problem they can only do so much.
We are commanded to help the poor and needy.
“Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’” Matthew 19:21
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.” Luke 4:18
“But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind.” Luke 14:13
“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18
Jesus replied, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
What do you gather from the verse above? Does not sound like my living situation.
As we go forth in Detroit we will be reminded of the homeless and poor. I pray they will not become a sight that we get so accustomed to seeing that it does not affect and break us to love them. May we never fail to see them as souls that need Jesus!
Piquette Square for Homeless Vets