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Can we all spare a dime to keep people housed?

Posted on Tue, Aug 17, 2010

I had an idea after reading "Family housing program goes bust" (Aug. 9), which explained that a successful homeless prevention program will no longer be funded due to the budgetary crisis.

Private donations will need to be the primary source for funding, but as the director of the Homeless Prevention Council in Orleans notes, in this economy, that is asking a lot of people.

Or is it?

Cape Cod's population now is, according to a Barnstable County website, 220,406. Let's say 20 percent are under age 20 (44,081 kids). That leaves us with 176,325 adults. What if every single adult could "spare a dime" as in the old Harburg/Gorney song of 1931, "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" If 176,325 people each gave a dime it would come to $17,632.50!

Sometimes when a collective force unites for a common cause, amazing things happen.Maybe it's just me, but this seems doable (who doesn't have a dime?) and sensible (who wants to be homeless? and who wants more homeless people?).

I've never organized a thing in my life, but a "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" campaign could pull in the money needed to keep people from becoming homeless. Anyone game?

Jeanne Heroux

North Harwich