On May 7th, I celebrated 3 years of continous sobriety.

There were countless times over the years in the midst of severe alcoholism where I dreamed of staying sober for just one day.

I remember when I received my termination letter from my former employer on July 4th, 2007. After reading this letter a couple of times I recall that I felt some relief in that they didn’t cite my drinking as a reason for firing me.

I can still remember to this day how sick, disgusted and ashamed of my condition I was. I wanted out of all of…


We need a plan for the homeless in LA, yet we still do not have one…

2020 Homelessness in Los Angeles: We still don’t have a plan and here’s why:

The homeless numbers for 2020 came out prior to the Covid-19 pandemic wave and the count reflected a double-digit increase for the second consecutive year. Prior to Covid-19, it was estimated to grow another 20% for 2021. A count which now will not happen for 2021!!! Because of the current surge in unemployment and future evictions, it will undoubtedly increase much more than 20%. …


Covid-19 and The Homeless

Here’s what you may not know today…

This year’s homeless numbers just came out, and it represents a double-digit increase (13%) for the second consecutive year. They estimate the homeless number to grow another 20% in California according to recent analyses. Between Measure H and Proposition HHH, the county and city of Los Angeles are surpassing $2 billion in spending for housing and other services for the homeless in the last several years. The trend is not encouraging as the facts do not support the mayor’s plan and promise to eliminate homelessness in LA. Here are the relevant background facts:


5 reasons it’s different for me now…

Looking back now, I realize that at a very young age my conditioning and coping became this: Making other people happy would equate to my happiness and personal emotional safety. Even if it meant sacrificing my own needs, the math seemed simple. If others were happy, then I had permission to be happy. I also began to fear and believe that saying no would bring disappointment, conflict, and could jeopardize the relationship. It only brought on more fear and shame. Early on I was faced with a challenge. …


“You can do this, and you are loved more than you know.” — Steve

Here is part of my story…

On May 6th, 2018, I received a text message from my father asking me “How’s it going?”. I replied, “Not good”. He immediately called me to inquire about what was wrong. I told him I had been drinking again, and that it wasn’t good. I don’t remember the rest of the conversation, but I got a call and text from the treatment center I had attended in 2014 and they told me they were sending someone to come and get me and that it would be ok. I was so intoxicated that I made…


Unfortunately, too many people in this country still believe that homelessness is caused by laziness, lack of will power, and an inherent baseness that leads to corruption and evilness. The uninformed and the unconcerned believe that the homeless are the bums, the drug addicts, and the source of most crime in America. However, I have yet to come across a study that discusses at any length that these stereotypes are the sole and primary reasons for people living on the streets. For instance, the case for single mothers. Let me explain this further by starting with some facts:

  1. In a…

The failure of Proposition 47 in California.

Proposition 47 or Prop 47 as it is known by many in California, was passed in 2014 by receiving 59.6% of the votes. Current Governor Gavin Newsome and George Gascon, the former San Francisco district attorney appointed by Newsome, along with other political activists called it the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act’ and it went on the ballot as such. Proponents represented to voters that it would save the state of California at least $130 million annually in court and prison costs that could be invested back into our schools and neighborhoods.

Prop 47 reclassifies certain theft and drug possession…


The failure of Proposition 47 in California.

Proposition 47 or Prop 47 as it is known by many in California, was passed in 2014 by receiving 59.6% of the votes. Current Governor Gavin Newsome and George Gascon, the former San Francisco district attorney appointed by Newsome, along with other political activists called it the ‘Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act’ and it went on the ballot as such. Proponents represented to voters that it would save the state of California at least $130 million annually in court and prison costs that could be invested back into our schools and neighborhoods.

Prop…


Permanent Supportive vs. Affordable

Written by Steve Pomeroy

California’s homeless population is estimated to be at least 150,000 with nearly half of that population living on the streets in Los Angeles County. It is estimated that it would cost $70 billion to build ‘affordable housing’ for that number. Currently, ‘affordable housing’ works in 12 out of 3,000 counties in the US. That means a person earning minimum wage can afford the rent for a one-bedroom apartment while it accounts for only 30% of their income. According to Real Estate Investor there are greater than 10 million US households that pay more than 50% of their income on rent…


It’s a buzzword for politicians and developers: Affordability. It seems everyone agrees affordable housing is important and everyone wants it. But what exactly does “affordable” mean, and is it accomplishing what it should to truly help people and make a dent in the homelessness crisis?

The need for affordability

Indeed, homelessness numbers are reaching epidemic proportions. And society is responding — to some degree. …

Steve Pomeroy

Philanthropist, recovering alcoholic, and homeless advocate. Building a community to empower single at-risk mothers. Site is: www.believeinbigchange.com

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