Archive for October, 2010

A person pushing a shopping cart. Or perhaps, someone who is standing outside a convenience store asking for spare change. Someone sleeping in a doorway or a public bench. Someone sitting or standing along the roadside or a corner holding a cardboard sign.

Most of us are familiar with these types of homeless individuals. And because their homelessness is overtly apparent, we may mistakenly believe that they represent the "typical" homeless person. That, in turn, blinds us to the reality that there is much more to homelessness than meets the eye.

Case in point…   (more…)

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In my post, this past Friday, I mentioned that New York City was going to use 400 potentially homeless families as guinea pigs to see if the city’s homeless services were effective.

Basically it boils down to this: 200 families would be provided with services to help them get off the streets. The remaining 200 families would have to fend for themselves because they would be denied homeless services for two years.

Despite outcry from NYC homeless advocates; City Councilwoman Annabel Palma; and Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito (who incidentally referred to the study as "inhumane"), NYC officials claimed the "study" was necessary to create "Improved homeless-prevention programs [that] would, in the end, keep families or individuals out of shelters."   (more…)

New York City politicians and bureaucrats aren’t known for being the sharpest crayons in the box when it comes to addressing homelessness. In fact, their track record stinks – despite all of their braggadocio and rhetoric.

To give you an example of some of the "wonderful" solutions which have been put forth by NYC’s bureaucrats…

Back in May of this year, I wrote a post titled, NYC’s New Homeless Czar Offers His Solution For Ending Homelessness, in which I mentioned newly appointed Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond’s solution to homelessness. In essence he told the homeless to "get a job."

NYC now has a new message for 200 families who are facing potential homelessness: Heal thy selves.   (more…)