Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

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…)

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In mid-March of this year, I published a post titled: Wedding Bells in Brandon, Florida.

It was about Mark Neville and Nan Schrack, a couple in Florida who had been together for 14-years — and homeless for the last 5-years.

Due to Nan’s failing health, Mark wanted to obtain housing to care for her. In order to qualify for certain government services and subsidized housing as a couple however, they needed to be married. So, in an outdoor ceremony, they became husband and wife.   (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 homeless man died on New York City streets last Sunday after he had been stabbed while coming to the aid of a woman who was being attacked by a currently unidentified assailant.

What makes the death of Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax so tragic was the callousness and indifference of passers-by.   (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…)