Are you a N.I.M.B.Y?

What exactly does N.I.M.B.Y mean? For those of you who don’t know, it stands for Not In My Back Yard and now that you know what the acronym stands for, maybe you should be asking what exactly it is that N.I.M.B.Y’s will stand up for. When it comes to the homeless, N.I.M.B.Y attitudes are nothing new and are expected. Maybe you’re a  N.I.M.B.Y and don’t know it yet or maybe you do and keep that part of yourself locked in the closet. Either way, here’s some signs that you might be a N.I.M.B.Y :

  1. 1. You have t-shirts with B.A.N.A.N.A stamped on them (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone)
  2. 2. Your ideas on what’s good for the community are out of touch with the reality of what’s going on in your community.
  3. 3. You cling to stereotypes.
  4. 4. You actually believe that since it’s not your problem, you have the right to be complacent in your attitude about those less fortunate than yourself.
  5. 5. You believe somebody else will solve the problem.
  6. 6. You’re a card-carrying member of The Almighty Dollar Religion.
  7. 7. You’ve made comments like “I understand those people need help but I don’t want them around me.”
  8. 8. You’re afraid to take an interest because in doing so, you might have to do something about it.

 

Let’s face it. We are all guilty of Nimby-ism on some level and sometimes justifiably so however what is our attitude based on? The facts are that America will soon be flooded by a tidal wave of poverty it has not seen before. We’ve seen the news coverage about the estimated 2 million people that are expected to lose their unemployment insurance benefits. Just for an added eye opener, feel free to visit these links for the current statistics:

http://www.nypirg.org/homeless/facts.html

http://homelessness.samhsa.gov/(S(vh4f3o45qzqk0sb4qmayd045))/Search.aspx?search=family+homelessness&tagString=family+homelessness

http://www.hudhre.info/documents/5thHomelessAssessmentReport.pdf

Oh and here’s something else to consider, HUD does not include certain demographics in their statistics such as people living out of their cars and motor homes or plain old “couch-surfing” at a friend or relatives house neither do they consider imprisonment a homeless situation so how accurate are the numbers on homelessness? Then there are those who simply choose to hide their situation and will never come forward. Is a N.I.M.B.Y attitude worth letting aged out Foster kids sleep in dumpsters and under bridges?

Our veterans, senior citizens and disabled do not have enough to live on yet politicians find more and more ways to cut back services or not give cost of living increases. Many of you reading this right now may be on the verge of becoming a statistic and if friends and family can’t or won’t help you, where will you go? What will you do?

Maybe someday, N.I.M.B.Y will stand for Now In My Back Yard.

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