Category: Homelessness in America

Homeless Encampments Worry Commuters At Penn Station « CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the New York City homeless problem

persists, passengers have been encountering crowds of people camped outside Penn Station.

As CBS2’s Jessica Layton reported, Penn Station commuters said the city needs to do something.

Annette Woods is a frequent visitor to the city from Trenton, New Jersey, and she loves New York City – she even wears an “I love NY” T-shirt. But she said she would rather not be hassled for cash by the homeless people who are hunched over and camped out in the doorway.

“Not clean,” Woods said, “and they need food, shelter or, place or a job.”

“It’s sad, but that’s the reality here, and it’s part of the city,” said Kinneret Ladizinsky of Canada.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s refrain has been that when the city sees an uptick of homeless people in a particular spot, police officers or outreach workers are sent to check things out.

“To the point that we really know, in the vast majority of cases, their name, their history, why they say they’re there, what they might be willing to consider as a reason to get off the streets,” Mayor de Blasio said.

But those who seemingly have made the pavement outside Penn Station their permanent address said there are worse places to be. There is a lot of shade available during the sweltering summer, and one man said it is a good spot to make a little money.

“The empty bottles make economy for me,” said Al-Zamil Yamatazu.

When he spoke to Layton on Monday, Yamatazu said he had gotten about $30 in cans and bottles from the tourists and professionals passing through. He added that the streets can be better than the shelters.

“I think that people feel safer here,” he said.

But some travelers do not feel safe around the homeless.

“I’m more scared than anything,” one woman said.

The woman said she does feel for the homeless, but like most who spoke to CBS2, she said the city must do more to solve the problem.

The city said it will be sending more outreach teams to offer help to people on the streets in extreme heat.

Source: Homeless Encampments Worry Commuters At Penn Station « CBS New York

Deadline looms for homeless at San Francisco tent city

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Homeless people have until the end of Friday to vacate a rambling tent city along a busy San Francisco street declared a health hazard by city officials earlier this week.

Sam Dodge, the mayor’s point person on homelessness, said Friday afternoon that about 30 tents remained, down from a high of 140 this winter. The tents have lined both sides of a street under a freeway overpass for months, drawing complaints from residents and businesses.

San Francisco has long had a problem housing its homeless, but tensions have been exacerbated by a shortage of affordable housing amid a tech-based jobs boom.

Earlier this month, a founder of a technology startup posted a letter to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee complaining that he “shouldn’t have to see the pain, struggle, and despair of homeless people” on his way to work.

The letter, which went viral, was soundly mocked on social media for its whiny lack of sensitivity but writer Justin Keller is not alone in demanding the city do more about homelessness.

People who live near the tent city, for example, testified at a city hall hearing on Thursday that they were afraid to step outside their homes due to aggressive behavior. The tents are along Division Street, a multi-lane thoroughfare that divides two rapidly developing neighborhoods, the South of Market and Mission districts.

The homeless and their advocates say they need more services and homes for the unhoused. An estimated 3,500 people sleep on the streets of San Francisco each night.

“I’m not going to let somebody run me out of somewhere where I’ve made my home,” said camper Patrita Tripp, as she dished cold beef pasta out of a can earlier this week. “Where am I supposed to go?”

On Friday morning, city workers sprayed bleach and power-washed one side of the street as campers packed up some half-dozen tents. City outreach workers are prodding many to move into a large canopy shelter on Pier 80 that has 150 sleeping mats.

The health department posted notices Tuesday evening, calling the encampments a public nuisance and ordering people to leave within 72 hours. On Thursday, health officials posted a notice for homeless campers to vacate a neighboring area.

It’s uncertain what will happen to campers who refuse the order.

Source: Deadline looms for homeless at San Francisco tent city

New Mexico man convicted of beating deaths of 2 homeless men – CBS News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A jury on Wednesday convicted a 20-year-old of beating two homeless Navajo men to death with cinder blocks and other objects as they slept, an attack that spurred officials in New Mexico’s largest city to establish a task force on Native American homelessness.

After a full day of deliberations, jurors found Alex Rios guilty of two counts of second-degree murder after hearing gruesome details about the attack on Allison Gorman, 44, and Kee Thompson, 46, in a vacant lot in Albuquerque in July 2014. Each count carries a potential 15-year sentence.

Rios and two teenagers were charged with using cinder blocks, a table leg and their fists and feet to kill the men. The slayings shocked the city and led to creation of the task force, but prosecutors did not say the victims were targeted because of their race.

Source: New Mexico man convicted of beating deaths of 2 homeless men – CBS News

Sell Your Souls or the Homeless Folks Are Gonna Get It | Ricochet

The Grace Youth and Family Foundation’s Winter Relief Center is Butler County’s (PA) only homeless shelter.If the Bureaucrats of Butler County (wait for it on DVD) have their way, the homeless will have no refuge there this winter.The winter relief center, an explicitly Christian charity, is facing the possible loss of public grants days before it is set to open its doors on November 1 for this year’s cold season.Why?Because it is a Christian ministry. Yes, it’s that simple. And that infuriating.Turns out that the contract the government sent over would force the ministry to promise to abandon the very faith that inspired its largely volunteer service as a condition for receiving generally-available public resources. The ministry would have to promise to employ people who oppose the teachings of its Christian faith in order to feed and clothe the downtrodden and save them from freezing to death.

Source: Sell Your Souls or the Homeless Folks Are Gonna Get It | Ricochet

Uniontown veteran living in Marshall Plaza to call attention to homeless veterans – heraldstandard.com: New Today

Landon Rumbaugh has a warm home and soft bed to sleep in, but for the month of November, he’s living outdoors in General George C. Marshall Memorial Plaza at Uniontown’s Five Corners Intersection to call attention to the plight of homeless veterans.

“You don’t see the homeless in small towns, but they are here. Twenty percent of the homeless are veterans,’’ said Rumbaugh, 26, of Uniontown, a Marine Corps veteran who lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in 2010 in Afghanistan while helping another serviceman who had also been wounded.

A 2007 graduate of Uniontown Area High School, Rumbaugh is taking a break from studying business at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, while he works as a motivational speaker. During his travels throughout the country, he has met the homeless but decided to take on this special mission because, he said, “You don’t understand what it’s like unless you experience it.’’

Source: Uniontown veteran living in Marshall Plaza to call attention to homeless veterans – heraldstandard.com: New Today