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New York is Teeming With Not Just Homeless People but Homeless Families

December 8th, 2013 by Michael Tabor

Capitalism ought to reward success not excess; the gap between the mega – rich and the absolute destitute is widening and the middle – class has all but disappeared. Indeed, thanks to both the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations 42ND street now looks like Disneyland which is good, but what happened to the homeless people ??? We have a very serious homelessness problem on our hands in New York City and unbelievably enough, most New Yorkers think we actually have fewer homeless people than before.
Here are the sad facts:
· There are now 236 homeless shelters in New York City, which is a staggering increase of 69% since 2002. What makes this increase prodigiously sadder is the fact that most of the homeless are now families with more than 22,000 children without a roof over their head. Can you imagine such a horror ???
· Overall, there are approximately 60,000 human beings without a place called home. 52,400 men, women, and children are forced to spend the night in any one of the city’s shelters, so that means roughly 8,000 folks are sleeping on the disgustingly urine – stained filthy streets of New York.
· According to the Coalition for the Homeless, these #’s have not been seen in New York since the Great Depression. (The Bloomberg administration has always turned a blind eye to this fact – & as far as Bloomberg is concerned, everything is just peachy – keen).
· Perhaps, one of the reasons we see fewer homeless on the street, is because many of the homeless single adults have elected to live underground i.e subway tunnels and other out of sight places because they’re tired of being hassled by cops.
· Another reason why there may be a misconception about the decreased # of homeless individuals over the past 2 administrations is because as this title states, we’re now contending with an increased number of homeless families, who by contrast have fewer problems of mental illness and substance abuse, and for the most part stay off the street and don’t panhandle.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I know the homelessness problem is not just an issue with New York, it’s worse than ever all across the country and we can’t just ignore this. Have a heart everyone … I know everyone is hurting with this dreadful economy, but if you can afford to give and help out, please do.

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4 Responses to “New York is Teeming With Not Just Homeless People but Homeless Families”

  1. magdalena Says:

    On NYC’s W. 31st St, home of St Francis of Assisi Church, you can find a line of homeless people waiting for a sandwich and a cup of coffee in the wee hours of the morning, before any of the working class sees them. By the time I make it into work, the residual effects are there, those still lingering with no apparent place to go. The stench of the street where many of the homeless spent the night is a grim reminder of life alien to most of us.I see them on my way home, huddled against the building on cardboard mats, some who probably consider themselves lucky enough to have a blanket. They choose this street because they’ll be among the first on line for the early morning handout the church provides. I said it before, and I’ll say it again….you never get used to seeing them. I whisper a silent prayer that someone helps them. And at night, in the warmth and comfort of my own bed I am lucky enough to have, I wonder I could want for anything more.

  2. Michael Tabor Says:

    From Kevin:
    ..thanks for this, Mike; i am frightened by what i’ve seen here. Chicago is also terrible this way; and, though each and every one is precious, there are WAY TOO MANY ‘regular folks’ falling through these days. Its truly awful.

    I have always tried to help but its getting very hard to do that. The whole is depressing and dehumanizing.

    Meanwhile, a tiny few make unconscionable amounts.

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    From Susan:

    What’s truly scary is how most people don’t realize how they are quite literally one paycheck away from being amongst those statistics!

  4. Rick Says:

    As a wise man (Bill Clinton)once said>>>>Its the economy stupid! There will always be homeless people. People make bad choices and decisions. Throw a crap economy on top of it. You get more homeless people. The problem now is we are pushing food stamps, welfare, longer unemployment, obamacare, stimulas and every social fix to cure it. Guess what? Government is making it worse. This isn’t getting better I’m affraid until we actaully have a leader in the white house. I know Hillary would have done better than this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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