Shannon Johnson focuses on getting through each day with a place to sleep, not what might happen to her during a life-threatening medical situation.

Homeless for the past two years, Johnson, 47, finds a new place every three days to park the van she’s lived in for the last eight months.

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I normally don't agree with Kinder but the comment made is spot on.


This will sound cynical--and I certainly applaud the efforts of Peace Presence Project in providing the kind of care to unhoused people that most of us will eventually need to negotiate the final months of our lives.

But, is this some new kind of societal acquiescence--something we have to do because what we must do is out of reach?

Are we now operating from the premise that most unhoused folks will die as much as 20 years too early, so let’s just skip over their immediate needs for housing and medical care, erase 20 years from their lives, and go immediately into end of life planning?

Let’s get Ms. Shannon Johnson out of her van and into a home and community where she can receive the care and intervention she needs for her serious kidney disease. And where she can enjoy a full, satisfying, and dignified life.

We are a society that willfully ignores millions of disabled people and forces them into the most precarious and abject existences imaginable. All the more tragic because we do have the means to render assistance--and not have to think about burying them prematurely.


It's a good story about people taking positive action. Why turn it into a cranky rant about enormous issues we are unable to immediately fix? With the organization discussed in this article, unhoused people can immediately attend to pressing issues—the same danged issues all of us face.

End of life planning. Which most people don't even bother to do.

If I (currently housed) go get end-of-life planning services, does this suggest that everyone is out to get me, skipping over my other needs, failing to worry about my enjoyment of a "full, satisfying, and dignified life"? No. It just means I got my Advance Directive filled out.

Unhoused people gaining access to these services does not somehow suggest "societal acquiescence." It means they are gaining access to services. Period. End of story.

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