We just got a copy of the "The 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress" and I have to tell you that the first paragraph I read set me off:
"On a single night in 2018, roughly 553,000 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States. About two-thirds (65%) were staying in sheltered locations—emergency shelters or transitional housing programs—and about one-third (35%) were in unsheltered locations such as on the street, in abandoned buildings, or in other places not suitable for human habitation." There was a 0.3 percent increase between 2017 and 2018.
And then I jumped to the Goals that they are planning: "While the number of people experiencing homelessness increased modestly, by less than one percent between 2017 and 2018, homelessness has declined by more than 84,000 people since 2010, a 13 percent reduction. Recent increases in national homelessness were driven by increases in individuals staying in unsheltered locations." Eight fucking years and H.U.D. gets excited because 13% of the people were no longer homeless. How many of them died? It doesn't say.
As of January of 2018, there were 553,000 homeless people in the richest country the world has ever seen. How is that possible?
And let's not talk about Democrats or Republicans, they are both guilty. Guilty of not caring.
If the government did care we would not have a Defense Budget of $7 billion dollars. We spend $7 billion dollars to kill innocent people in foreign countries while leaving 553,000 Americans on the street. Is all that oil really worth it?
Here in NewYork State, there are more than 92,000 homeless, mostly in NYC. So the Federal Government spends money on Defense and NYC hands over $3 billion to the richest man in the world, so he can make more money.
What is wrong with us as a people?
To see what is happening in Paris is very upsetting for anyone that has ever been there. But it has been the history of Paris to struggle for its equality and freedoms. We Americans should be very conscious of the problems in Paris because they exist here as well as I've stated above. And what is happening there can and will ignite here in a moments notice. Let us not forget, the thousands of homeless people in New York City, with more than 23,000 children leaving shelters every morning to go to school. Think of your own children having to experience that nightmare.
The increases in rents are forcing parents to work two and three jobs just to keep what they have. And still, our government officials go out of their way to assist real estate developers in creating massive towers which change the character of neighborhoods and force greedy landlords to harass tenants or deny Mom & Pop stores new leases.
While mass media spins with news about Trump, it overlooks what is really affecting the people and that is capitalism and their local government. Get off your ass and do something about our way of life in the United States.
Here is a link to the H.U.D. Report: https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/2018-AHAR-Part-1.pdf
Sunset Park, Brooklyn
This is a reply to an open letter Councilman Carlos Menchaca sent to us, his constituents, regarding the homelessness that exists in Sunset Park.
Last month, residents and local leaders held a meeting at Community Board 7, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFHAWqDACEU) to discuss the homelessness situation that is impacting the Sunset Park community. Six shelters and some hotels turned shelters have appeared over the past five years, causing considerable concern to the community. These shelters and hotels turned shelters suddenly appear in the neighborhood without warning from the Department of Homeless Services.
People in the area complain that there have been break in's and drug activity since these shelters have opened. Inspector Gonzales, who runs the 72 Precinct said that his data showed no relationship to the homeless to the uptick in recent crimes in the neighborhood.
Councilman Menchaca mentions in his letter that he has concerns about how City Hall is handling, or I would say mishandling this situation. I too am concerned and want to know, why are these people here? And why are they not getting help finding jobs, places to live, or mental healthcare?
Housing and the Homeless are critical issues for me as an activist, but I believe that people that become homeless belong in their community and should not be moved to some other part of the city. It was mentioned though, in the meeting at CB7, that there are people from all over, even some from Europe, which really struck me.
We must have compassion for the homeless; remember, this is New York City, and homelessness can happen to any of us. We think life is secure, but it is not.
This city's elected officials are forcing people into the streets by adding to the effects of gentrification and allowing mass housing projects to rise with rents well above what current residents can afford. Just last week, I saw a comment from Mayor de Blasio says it's all legal. Well, make laws that make it illegal, at least add restrictions.
While our Councilman offers concerns about homelessness, it is only the symptom, not the cause. Communities have rights to this city and should not be forced out of a place that some have spent their entire lives living in. It is morally wrong. The City Council and the State Assembly must pass protection laws to keep people in their community.
Currently, I am part of a group trying to prevent the building of four towers, one a 100 story building in the lower east side. City Planning, a group of people, not elected, but appointed are impacting the lives of thousands of people that will be forced out of Chinatown and the Lower east side. Everyone in this city must stand up to the Mayor and the Capitalist developers to stop what they are doing to our city. I am not against developing. I am against displacement. But it should be the community deciding what is happening to their neighborhood.
We are losing Mom & Pop stores because greedy landlords have the right to raise rents to unbelievable heights. The City Council MUST pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act. And we as a City must force the Mayor to sign the bill he has already said he would not.
Link to Councilman's letter: Here is a link:https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/brooklyn-lawmakers-on-the-move-dec-18-2018/?utm_source=Kings+County+Politics+Morning+Newsletter&utm_campaign=848bb205b2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_18_12_26&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_466a6c86df-848bb205b2-324299849