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Short Stories in a Long Journey

What It Takes to End and Prevent Homelessness

All proceeds support House the Homeless, Inc.’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness.

Short Stories In a Long Journey

What It Takes to End and Prevent Homelessness

In Short Stories in a Long Journey, Richard R. Troxell provides resources, decades of stories, and details of his local and national efforts to end and prevent homelessness. 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.

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Testimonials

“I was fortunate to have read Richard R. Troxell’s new book, Short Stories in a Long Journey. I found the book most interesting and informative… it seems obvious to me that Richard used his head guided by his heart in writing the book. He seeks to discuss the issues of homelessness honestly, letting the chips fall where they may. If there is a theme to his book, I would say he is saying let’s use our hearts and heads to come about more common-sense solutions to the problem of homelessness….The book is a good read and should be shared with people of good will wherever
they may be found.”

– Gary Bledsoe, Head of the TX NAACP since 1991, Attorney, Vicechair of the National NAACP

“Richard Troxell is a true American Hero. Richard’s book, Short Stories in a Long Journey, is a magnificent blend of Richard’s personal story written in an inspiring and insightful manner. Richard’s book is a catalyst for a long-ignored discussion about income inequality in America. Income inequality and workforce investment has long been ignored in the quest to end homelessness in America. Richard also provides a roadmap to end homelessness in America when he identifies solutions to several of other pieces in the puzzle. Richard is an amazing advocate that I choose to call my friend. People experiencing homeless are very fortunate to have Richard as an ally.”

– Donald H. Whitehead, Jr., Executive Director, National Coalition for the Homeless

“Richard R. Troxell is the Moses of Homelessness. He’s been leading his people toward the promised land for many decades. His new book, Short Stories in a Long Journey: What it Takes to End and Prevent Homelessness, is a guide to the best practices in humanely assisting those who cannot afford housing. I highly recommend Troxell’s guide for all officials- federal, state, and local- charged with solving problems of homelessness.”

– Steve O’Keefe,, Author of Set the Page on Fire: Secrets of Successful Writers

“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

Press Release

New Book Chronicles Long Journey of Richard R. Troxell to End and Prevent Homelessness

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 Vietnam War. His short stories catalogue the causes of chronic homelessness, and his ongoing advocacy for real economic solutions only need courage for implementation.

Richard is preparing book mailing to all of US Congress, Governors, and the President’s Cabinet.

Important information covered in Troxell’s work.

  • 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.
  • Community First! Village demonstrates best practices to care for homeless folks with disabilities and those being discharged from military service or an institution with disabilities who have become homeless.

Want a sneak peek?

In the letter below you will see a snippet of what you will get from each chapter.

Dear Senator,

The Federal gov. reports 40% of homeless folks work.  But the FMW fails to house full time workers.  The work ethic is intact.  It’s opportunity that’s lacking.  We can fix this for far less than you think!

Allow me to gift you an advance copy of Short Stories in a Long Journey: How to End and Prevent Homelessness, authored by myself, Richard R. Troxell– founder & National Education Director of House the Homeless, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to end homelessness in America.

The only way to end economic homelessness is to provide every American with a wage that enables them to afford subsistence housing – whether they live in San Francisco ($40/hour) or Huntsville, AL ($12.50/hour). This book contains the formula for a Universal Living Wage (ULW) tied to local housing costs that has been endorsed by a large constituency of businesses, faith-based organizations, unions and government agencies (see page 256).

  • The ULW Saves the Federal Government a fortune! It would instantly eliminate the need for excessive food stamps (TANF), housing subsidies and the Earned Income Tax Credit to name a few!
  • The ULW will relieve taxpayers and be a boon to business, resulting in the greatest housing boom in American history, increased productivity, reduced turnover, and a huge pool of new consumers at the bottom of the economic ladder with the income to buy more consumer goods and services than ever before! Then taxpayers, shouldering a lesser share than before, will gladly support the remaining disabled folks.
  • The ULW will end economic homelessness for less than any other method, while generating a market-based solution that does not involve public housing, handouts or subsidies! It will boost the coffers of municipalities who will no longer have to police, jail, shelter and “control” homelessness.

Short Stories in a Long Journey shows why other attempts to reduce homelessness have failed – including criminalizing poverty, ticketing, fining, and jailing people too poor to afford housing. All these solutions are more expensive and less effective than guaranteeing a Universal Living Wage and letting the market eliminate homelessness in America.

Short Stories in a Long Journey publishes on May 1, 2022, in conjunction with the Bring America Home Now! push by the National Coalition for the Homeless. Please use the enclosed blue reply card to share your thoughts about Short Stories in a Long Journey, and please visit BringAmericaHomeNow.org to add your voice to the grassroots campaign to end homelessness entirely.

Official book launch- May 1, 2022
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Official book launch- May 1, 2022