Will the Homeless in Tucson Escalate?by Susan Moreno on Mar. 21, 2010, under brain disorders, depression, General Mental Health, Health, health care reform, mental illness, Politics
A New York times article today says that the homeless population in New York City has escalated 34% recently. There are many theories why, but my concern is that most likely it will happen in Tucson as well.
State budget cuts have slashed over 300,000 people from the states Medicaid (ACCCHS) system. Many of those are mentally ill. If those people, who are already living in poverty get sick – whether they can’t afford their medication or can’t afford to go to the doctor, many of them will most likely loose their jobs (if they are lucky enough to have one). Once they loose their jobs, their shelter seems to be the next basic necessity to go as what little money they have most likely will need to be spent on food.
So…….where does this put this person? You’re right, possibly on the streets, unless they are hospitalized or in an emergency room for a short period of time. Sometimes entire families end up being homeless.
All because this is how our state has decided to save money.
The only light at the end of the tunnel, and it is only a small light, is for voters to pass the 1 cent sales tax in May. It’s not going to solve all our problems, but not passing it will make things much worse.
I hope you’ll consider it.