Priorities: Green Housing vs being Homeless

About 3 weeks ago, I was in Chicago, the city I love to despise and badmouth.   There are a lot of reasons I don’t like the city, starting with how expensive it is down there, but as I was walking on Fullerton, I noticed a sign about green, energy friendly, sustainable, ect housing – all those buzzwords.

That is fantastic and all, but when you are homeless and don’t have a place to live, how much does the “green” status of a dwelling matter?

I wonder if we have really overlooked our priorities as a culture. Every group has a particular grievance for which they demand attention, often at the cost of awareness for much more important issues like having a place to sleep and something to eat.

LGBT this and Feminism that, but is  said homeless feminist going to care more about the systematic oppression of our “patriarchal” society or the fact that have no place to stay and don’t know where their next meal is coming from? Issues may be important, but don’t the daily necessities of life take primary concern.

Lets solve the big issues – the real priorites – that many of our poor and disadvantaged face before we move on to others.

And no, the government doesnt have to be the solution to giving the homeless shelter and the starving food. We as communities can do our part without Bureaucracy weighing us down and “redistributing” the fruits of our labor.