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Musical chairs

How can we judge the poor - and in particular the homeless poor - fairly? Imagine we are playing a game.  A children's game of musical chairs. We've all either played it or watched children playing it.  We've made the music for it, and stopped and laughed when someone missed the chair.  When there are ten chairs and eleven children, the child who first loses out may be the smallest.  Or the most diffident.  She may be the one who hates to push, or is slow.  He may be frightened by the laughter, confused by the music, inattentive.  Or it can be just bad luck. But the problem - if it is a problem - is not the extra child.

The problem is the lack of a chair.

So it is with homelessness. The problem is the lack of homes.

Barbara D'Arcy


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