Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

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…)

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Over the last few months it seems as though there has been an increase of news articles about communities that are placing some types of bans on homeless activities. Some of communities are even placing bans and restrictions on “regular” folks feeding the homeless in public places.

Most homeless advocates refer to these types of legislative practices as “criminalizing the homeless.” Community politicians and officials, on the other hand, are quick to counter that they are not criminalizing homelessness, but are just trying to keep the peace.

Regardless of how it’s labeled, the end result is ultimately the same: it punishes a segment of a community’s local population for not having a place to call home.   (more…)

During the past few months, I’ve been visiting websites belonging to Homeless Support Services (HSS) groups and organizations (e.g. – homeless shelters, rescue missions, soup kitchens, etc.) from all around the country.

I don’t know how many HSS websites I’ve visited all told, but it’s been quite a large number.

Most of them have some form of "Mission Statement" that outlines their belief that the services they offer are providing a viable means for the homeless to become re-housed.   (more…)

Yesterday morning, I received an e-mail from friend and fellow blogger Mark Horvath of InvisiblePeople.tv.

In short, he wrote:

"If you have a second can you write a few sentences as to why we (homeless people) should be on social media and/or blogging?"

I found the request intriguing for a number of reasons. And, as often is the case with me, it started an entire chain-reaction of thoughts racing through my mind.   (more…)

Earlier this week I received an e-mail from a woman who, five years ago found, herself homeless.

As a single parent with a pre-kindergarten aged child and unable to afford housing, "Meagan" did what many newly homeless persons do: she turned to local homeless support services in hopes of finding assistance to get out of homelessness and back into housing.

Sadly, she was in for a rude awakening.   (more…)