Why is every major city in America swarming with homeless black people. I live in Los Angeles and seriously a tleast 90% of the homeless people i see are black.The same is true in most of America’s other major cities, i.e. New York, Baltimore, Atlanta, Oakland, New Orleans, Cleveland, Detroit, etc.etc. etc. Its shocking to see such a strong homeless presence from a minority that only takes up 13% of the population.
Republican and Democratic lawmakers largely resigned themselves to allowing sequestration — a policy meant to force them to the negotiating table, not to actually reduce the deficit…
“Basically the report says that homelessness was flat, and that the number of homeless people didn’t grow between 2009 and 2011,” Nan Roman, the president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, told theGrio.
While 140,000 fewer low-income families will receive vouchers by early 2014—increasing the risk of homelessness for many families already deemed at-risk—there will simultaneously be cuts in federal funding that enables communities to assist homeless people.
“We’re asking for $15 because in order to support one person in a one bedroom apartment you need to make $14.88. We don’t make anywhere near that and we’re all on food stamps.”
However, just 13,000 of the 29,000 families who applied were admitted into the public housing system or received federal housing vouchers known as [Section 8] in 2010. Due to budget cuts there have been no new applicants accepted to receive Section 8.
Seattle is “broken” as much as Detroit is booming. We have a stunningly low unemployment, incredible job growth, crime that’s overwhelmingly down or steady, and major investments into development. We don’t need to “reclaim” the city from the neediest people in society. We need to remember that this is a city with chasms of disparity between riches and poverty, accept this is a diverse city, keep in mind that downtown has nothing to gain by becoming a sanitized shopping mall, and ignore the classist braying of uninformed blowhards like this.
On Thursday, more than 150 advocates and homeless youth gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to protest Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed budget for next year, which they say would cut 60 percent of the city’s current funding for homeless youth services.
“I began to devote thought to what I personally would need if I was living homeless,” Pellegrene said. “That process created a lot of empathy and understanding.”