Austin, Texas is known for many things – beautiful parks, a thriving tech industry, bustling nightlife, several universities, and of course the live music. It is a fairly forward-thinking and green city, in the center of what’s typically known as a conservative state. Austin has been rated as one of the top 10 green cities by the Mother Nature Network and is home to some very green companies, such as Whole Foods.
What you might not know is that there are about 6000 homeless people living on the streets of Austin.
Mobile Loaves & Fishes (MLF), a social outreach ministry headed by Alan Graham, has spent the last 10 years working with people, organizations and businesses throughout Austin to create affordable housing in this growing Central Texas city, where most homes are over-valued and low-income housing is difficult to find. After much collaboration and work, in August 2014 the organization launched what it calls Community First! – a 27 acre master-planned community that will provide affordable, sustainable housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. The community offers a mix of housing, including RV lots, micro-homes and canvas-sided cottages.
In addition to offering affordable rent – between $180 to $210 per month depending on the type of dwelling rented – what makes this project an interesting model is the community that MLF created for its residents. On the property you will find amenities that create something similar to a living co-operative, helping residents learn food independence, taking care of the ones in need, sharing tools and resources, and thus lowering everyone’s cost of living. Here’s an idea of what Community First! offers:
A community garden featuring fruit and nut bearing trees and vegetables
A chicken operation, bee hives producing fresh honey and an aquaponics fish operation
A workshop with tool bank and art gallery for micro-enterprise opportunities
A medical facility for physical and mental health screenings and support services including hospice and respite care
Although MLF has plenty of work to finalize some of the facilities, the large community garden has been producing a wide variety of vegetables, eggs and honey for quite some time. The food has been distributed by the MLF food truck, which navigates the streets of Austin offering daily meals service. As more residents move into their new housing, they will have an opportunity to work in the gardens and learn how to grow their own food.
In addition to resident facilities, MLF created an outdoor theater and bed and breakfast featuring vintage Airstreams and 26-food diameter tipis. Alan Graham envisions that the facilities can be rented out, especially since Austin hosts many large events such as SXSW and ACL Fest. This will create income to put back into the community and will also create jobs for residents.
Hats off to MLF, which is taking an innovative approach in offering affordable permanent homes AND a community for people living on the streets of Austin. Please support this organization as it continues to raise fund to put towards the housing units: http://mlf.org/
Here’s a first-hand look at the Community First! project:
Homelessness continues to be a problem faced by many in the US as poverty and inequity soar. The National Coalition for the Homeless reports that in 2011, the official poverty rate was 15.0%, meaning that 46.2 million people were in poverty, which is closely linked to homelessness. The National Center on Family Homelessness reported that in 2013, approximately 2.5 million children found themselves without a roof over their heads or place to call home.
For a country with some of the most modern amenities and technologies known to man, this seems incomprehensible. Yet, due to lack of affordable housing, limited housing assistance programs, and lack of employment opportunities, once you’re at the poverty level, it is very difficult to escape it. The government’s attitude towards the homeless is appalling, as noted in the recent arrests of a 90-year old man for feeding the homeless, and the problem is worsening as innovation in addressing the changing housing, societal and economic climate is lacking. At the same time, it appears that there’s an unlimited supply of money to militarize local police forces and wage permanent global war. Ma
In addition to climbing poverty rates, there are many other reasons for chronic homelessness: serving in war, loss of family, mental illness, domestic violence, health problems, and substance abuse. Yet, it is often impossible to address these problems if a homeless person cannot find work and afford medical or domestic assistance because they must first have a home, with an address for the work applications and a space where they can clean up.
We must look to innovative projects that address chronic homelessness, such as Community First!, and then take action – be it you create, participate in, support or fund organizations that are taking actual steps towards solve basic fundamental problems in our society.
Anna Hunt is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She and her husband run a preparedness e-store outlet atwww.offgridoutpost.com, offering GMO-free storable food and emergency kits. Anna is also a certified Hatha yoga instructor. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. Read more of her excellent articles here.
(NaturalNews) The most definitive proof yet that the Affordable Care Act was nothing more than a ruse to enable the federal government to take over one-sixth of the U.S. economy -- by lording over Americans' healthcare -- has just emerged in the form of frank admissions by the law's primary architect, despite his and a top university's efforts to keep it all a secret.
As reported by The Daily Signal, the architect -- Prof. Jonathan Gruber -- admitted that a "lack of transparency" helped the Obama Administration and congressional Democrats pass the onerous law that become known as Obamacare.
The conservative group American Commitment posted Gruber's remarks, which were reportedly made at an Oct. 17, 2013, event, on YouTube.
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage," says the MIT economist who helped write Obamacare. "And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical for the thing to pass."
'We had to lie to get it passed'
The video was initially posted on the University of Pennsylvania's website, according to talk host Mark Levin -- who covered the story on his Nov. 10 broadcast -- but the institution inexplicably took it down recently. Since then, thanks to massive outrage, the institution has re-posted it.
In explaining the law's passage -- and the manner in which it was passed -- Gruber, in the video, said, "just... you can't do it, politically. You just literally can not do it. Okay? Transparent financing? [unintelligible]... transparent spending. I mean, this bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO [Congressional Budget Office] did not score the mandate as taxes. If CBO scores the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay? So it's written to do that [to be purposely confusing and obfuscating]."
If you recall, for months before Obamacare's passage, the president and his political allies insisted that the individual mandate -- which forced Americans, for the first time in our history, to buy a product or service -- was not a tax. In one of the earliest interviews Obama did on his health "reform" proposal, with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, the president was adamant that the ACA was not a tax (see it here).
Then, when Obamacare reached the U.S. Supreme Court, Chief Justice John Roberts literally rewrote the individual mandate statute to make it a tax, just like the law's creator wanted it to be (and knew that it was) all along.
There's more. Gruber also noted that the law's language had to hide the fact that younger Americans were going to be forced to pay for older, sicker Americans, through higher premiums (even though younger people -- many of whom are still paying on expensive school loans and are trying to get started in life -- can least afford the additional costs and burden).
"In terms of risk-rated subsidies, if you had a law which said healthy people are gonna pay in -- if you made it explicit that healthy people are going to pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed," Gruber says in the video.
"Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage," he continued. "And basically -- call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever -- but basically, [obfuscation] was really, really critical to get that thing to pass. And, you know, it's the second-best argument. Look, I wish... we could make it all transparent, but I would rather have this law than not."
Lie, lie, lie
Everyone involved -- from the president on down -- lied to get Obamacare passed, and they did so knowing that none of the things they promised were true:
-- Lie No. 1: "If you like you plan, you can keep your plan." Only if your plan meets Obamacare's mandatory coverage requirements. If not -- and most don't -- then no, you can't "keep your plan."
-- Lie No. 2: "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." Only if your doctor decides to participate in an Obamacare exchange; if not, then no, you can't keep your doctor (and hundreds of thousands have announced that, no, they won't be participating, because Obamacare forces them to take on burdensome costs that many cannot afford.
-- Lie No. 3: "The cost of your plan will decrease by $2,500 a year." False; all plans are rising in cost -- at least, for tens of millions of Americans who won't have their coverage subsidized by taxpayers. For everyone else, huge deductibles ($3,000 - $6,000 a year) wipe out any "savings."
-- Lie No. 4: "The ACA will be fully paid for." Wrong; the CBO wasn't allowed to properly "score" the law, so it is still unclear just how much taxpayers will be on the hook.
There is no better example of duping the American public in the history of the country than Obamacare. As Levin noted on his program, Washington ought to feel fortunate that Americans are as tolerant of corruption as they are.
“In navigation, dead reckoning (also ded (for deduced) reckoning or DR) is the process of calculating one’s current position by using a previously determined position, or fix, and advancing that position based upon known or estimated speeds over elapsed time and course.”
We all knew this storm was coming but being inside of it is a whole different experience. It feels like things are coming at you as your spirit gets buffeted by unseen influences. A lot of this has to do with the angst and fear being ginned up by the media and the collective response. Images of alien like hazmat suits and panic mode announcements by politicians while draconian measures roll out, confusing news reports, and a whole lot of fear and uncertainty appear on our screens, causing personal insecurities to arise in our hearts.
We may be aware of what’s going on and see the game plan, but most don’t, and are tuning into this fear and worry vibe. And it affects everyone. It runs through not just the emotions and actions of those around us but also through the etheric and we can all sense it. This is again why detachment and staying out of the low level emotion mode is so important.
We can observe this strangeness passing through but not let it throw us.
In times of storm at sea when a ship captain gets disoriented due to getting blown off course or is without the aid of celestial navigation, they have to recalibrate their position. And sometimes the only way to do that is by dead reckoning, determining where you are based on where you came from and your estimated speed and direction from your previous course.
It’s not the perfect analogy but illustrates the point. In navigating these storms of life the adage comes to mind, “Never doubt in the dark what you knew in the light.”
Draw Close to Loved Ones and Nature
This engineered confluence of insanity is creating quite the maelstrom and it’s a big one. Many are being buffeted by it and need comfort and reassurance. They may not understand its origins like we awakened do and realize this is almost entirely fabricated, but just your steadiness and detachment as you share love and a calm trusting attitude speaks volumes and steadies the heart.
It’s also an opportunity to spend more time with nature. Unfluttered, unhassled and fearless, creation is a wonderful teacher and an ever present friend. Even though she lets her power be known in amazing and powerful ways, we can be assured all is well in the natural cycle of life. And when she blows her top periodically, this may be frightening to some, but it is simply of a demonstration of nature’s magnificence as she reclaims and recycles in a way humanity could never conceive.
This innate understanding is clearly known by the spiritually grounded but escapes those living in engineered environments. Another reason not to subject ourselves to the false propaganda and living conditions so many have been herded into. These self-reinforcing unnatural containment systems are anathema to truth and awareness, and even though many are overcoming them, it’s an ongoing battle that needlessly drains their energy.
There are other options for living a more natural life.
The Battle Is On
The seriousness of our current condition cannot be minimalized. We live in very challenging times, but again the answer is always simple. Disengage, detach and detox, to whatever degree possible. Our very lives and those we love depend on it. Keeping our peaceful yet awakened sanity while the world goes berserk is our greatest testament. What we share with others of course is our life’s blood and that of all those willing to listen. But our fundamental lifestyle must be firmly grounded in truth, and thus prepared for anything.
It’s a fight. No question. We’re all struggling in these tides of change of every sort. If we haven’t learned to navigate our lives by now we’re certifiably asleep with the rest of them and getting swallowed by the great vortex to nowhere.
But this is not our fate. The beauty of awakening is that even the slightest paddle against the tide of wickedness is met with amazing empowerment, and one stroke leads to another. There’s a source of strength and encouragement beyond most people’s imagination awaiting anyone who dares to buck the tide.
The trigger is our will. A simple decision. An effort. An awakening of spirit to the call for action.
Take it. You are what you have been waiting for. Simply do it, and be it.