While homelessness is a major issue in Tampa — the city now has the most homeless people for a mid-sized city according to a recent study — many residents of the area and surrounding areas are outraged by the new law. Three such individuals joined HuffPost Live’s Alyona Minkovski to discuss the issue.
David Treadwell, the executive director of Central Union Mission, told WTOP that the shelter in Northwest Washington filled almost immediately after its doors opened Tuesday morning.
Shakithia Truesdale and her 4-year-old daughter spent the entire day Tuesday in a cooling center set up at the Virginia Williams Family Resource Center in Northeast D.C. Her 8-year-old daughter spent the day at camp.
But this pregnant mother started worrying the moment she woke up, she says, about where they’ll stay the night.
“I had to call Child Protective Services because I don’t have nowhere for me and my kids to sleep for the night,” Truesdale says.
Sequestration will also result in housing agencies receiving “only about 70 percent of the administrative funds for which they are eligible this year,” according to the report. That means less ability to perform property inspections and address “potentially serious problems” in apartments.