About 3,000 people will not go to bed in their own homes tonight in West Virginia, because they don't have homes. Decades of efforts by state and federal governments have failed to eliminate the problem of homelessness.
In truth, it cannot be eliminated. Of those 3,000 people, some are women and men who for one reason or another choose to be homeless.
But many, including children, wish they had homes. The reasons they do not are varied - and obviously, not well understood.
Appropriately enough, on the day before Thanksgiving, W.Va. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin reinvigorated a state program to help the homeless. Established in 2007, it had been inactive for about two years.
Tomblin did something wise in ordering the program to be revived. He transferred it to the Bureau for Behavioral Health and Health Facilities. This is a good season for Mountain State residents to pray the BHHF can find realistic ways to fight homelessness.