Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Prejudice toward and hatred of the homeless isn’t new. It exists in every community across the nation.

Whenever homeless support services (HSS) agencies or local governments propose, either creating new services or expanding existing services, invariably there are those within the community who voice strong opposition. That opposition takes on many forms: protests, angry discourse at city council meetings, fear-mongering, letters to the editor of local newspapers, and etcetera.   (more…)

After roughly one month on the job, Seth Diamond, New York City’s new homeless czar, has put forward his solution for ending homeless in NYC.

According to an article in the New York Daily News,

"The new homelessness commissioner has a message for needy New Yorkers who sleep in city shelters: Get a job!"

Wow! What a novel idea.

Why didn’t someone else think of that?   (more…)

I have two simple questions to ask.

Last night, when you crawled into bed, did you go to sleep hungry? Or did you have enough to eat throughout the day?   (more…)

A little less than a year ago, I wrote a post mentioning that New York City was going to begin charging those homeless who were working "rent." The policy was meant to bring NYC into compliance with a 1997 New York state law.

Amid public outcry and criticism and a potential lawsuit, (not to mention a few major snafus regarding how the city was determining how much "rent" to charge) the city sidelined the policy – until last week, when the Bloomberg administration announced it would re-instate the "rent" requirement.   (more…)

If Miami City Commission Chairman Marc Sarnoff has his way, it may soon be illegal for regular citizens to feed the homeless. Violators will be fined and perhaps even face jail time.

Chairman Sarnoff has already drafted an ordinance and plans to introduce it to the city’s commission next month.

According to an article in the Miami Herald, the ordinance, if adopted, would prohibit Miami citizens from feeding the homeless unless they’ve attended a "food safety course" and conduct the feedings only in locations specifically designated by the city. Those folks would also have to bring along porta-potties and sinks.   (more…)