Austin, Texas, 1 May 2022 – Plain View Press announces the release of Short Stories in a Long Journey by Richard R. Troxell, hitting bookstores and Amazon on May 1, 2022.
This book is for all who seek systemic answers to the problem of homelessness and are tired of seeing adults living in squalor on the wealthiest streets in the world. Any reader can help end and prevent homelessness with these creative solutions.
Richard R. Troxell has lived, worked, and fought homelessness since returning from the Viet Nam War. His short stories catalogue the causes of chronic homelessness, and his ongoing advocacy for real economic solutions only need courage for implementation.
— Short Stories in a Long Journey proposes Livable Incomes as an economic solution to homelessness. For those who can work, that means fixing the Federal Minimum Wage (FMW) with a Universal Living Wage (ULW), and it means fixing the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) stipend for those who cannot work.
— Troxell suggests that national “Quality of Life Ordinances” (such as the No Sit/No Lie ordinance) are punitive and criminalizing in nature, only compounding the impoverished situation, and should accommodate the Americans with Disabilities Act.
— Since 90% of the Veteran population has Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) and a third of them are homelessness, Troxell suggests a medical cause behind their homelessness.
— Texas House bill #611 is a model to lay out a path for permanent funding for alcohol addiction treatment, a major affliction of the homelessness.
— The Home Coming statue and Community First! Village demonstrate best practices to care for homeless citizens being discharged from service or an institution.
“For decades, Richard R. Troxell has been a powerful voice for the most vulnerable, correctly affirming the dignity of all our neighbors. His insightful book explores the efficacy of current approaches to homelessness, proposes innovative solutions, and offers stories of resiliency and hope…”–Lloyd Doggett, U.S. Representative (D-TX)
“Richard has dedicated his life to ending homelessness. His colloquial writing style tags livable incomes as the key solution…ending the affordable housing crisis!”–Sue Watlov Phillips, M.A., Retired Psychologist, LICSW, LMFT, CSP and President, National Coalition for the Homeless
“The idea of indexing wages to housing costs just may be the right way to think about the costs and benefits of living wages.”–Robert Pollin, economist and author of The Living Wage: Building a Fair Economy
“Richard has been protecting the civil rights of others for over 40 years, offering him a rare perspective…told from the front lines, this authentic account of an indefatigable warrior of civil rights who feeds the hungry, stands up for the Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, and battles No Sit/No Lie laws is worthy of a read for all change makers.”–Brian Levin, Director, Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism
Publisher Plain View Press is a 45-year-old issue-based literary publishing house, a far-flung community of humane and highly creative writers, artists and activists, whose energies bring humanitarian enlightenment and hope to individuals and communities grappling with the issues of our time–peace, justice, the environment, homelessness, education and gender.
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