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Homelessness Stories, Jan-Jun/2003

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  1. Homeless out-of-towners welcome - Families rely on [NY] city's vast shelter system for a place to live, by Leslie Kaufman, NYT, A21.
    All three are or have been residents of the city's homeless shelters....
    [NYC must have the most liberal policies going.]
    New York is the only city under court order to provide shelter immediately to any people who can prove they need it, regardless of their origin or immigration status.
    [Hooboy - wonder how long this will last. Watch - the stopgap is tightening the definition of "prove."]
    As a result, it has perhaps the most tolerant admissions policies and greatest array of services and housing to offer its homeless clients..\.. In Oct., the most recent month for which data were available, 10% of those seeking assistance at the Emergency Assistance Unit, the city's primary intake office for homeless families, reported that they spent the previous night outside the 5 boroughs;
    [Ah, the famed 5 boroughs of NYC. Let's see if we can name them: Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Is., and ?? - hafta ask colleague Kate, she's from the Bronx - oops, that's it. (Or then, there's the 5 burros, from colleague Paul S. Simmons: Pedro, Juan, Rosarita, Maria and Manuelito.)]
    historically, the monthly average, which fluctuates, has been closer to 5-6%, city data show. Of the 16,628 families that applied for shelter in the first 10 months of 2002, 2,681, or 16.1%, lived outside the city a month earlier, according to an average of city figures. (Homeless individuals are not asked to report where they were last housed.)
    Behind the statistics lies a debate that has long caused rifts in other cities, like San Francisco and Santa Monica, Calif., that have generous policies toward the homeless: are the families truly in need, or are they using an already overburdened system as a taxpayer-financed relocation [or permanent housing] service?
    [The on-the-job training and the well-paying entry-level jobs just aren't there (note they were there during and after World War II and during World War I, and going back further, during the Great Plague in England - can you guess why?), so we won't really be in a position to get tough until we implement the kind of full-employment capitalism that is possible only with automatic overtime-to-training&hiring conversion and automatic fluctuation of the workweek vs. comprehensively defined unemployment/non-self-support. Meanwhile, we fudge along with bandaids, like fiddling with that definition of "prove" -]
    The Dept. of Homeless Services investigates each family to evaluate whether there might be relatives who can offer shelter.
    [Oh yeah, that has a great chance of success after what we've done to families in our frozen-workweek-borne labor-surplus economy (let alone to extended families). Hence all our cloying 'conservative' lip service to "family" and "The Chiiildren."]
    Some homeless families readily admit that they sought help from the city, through the Emergency Assistance Unit office in the Bronx, after [hearing others] had found apartments with the help of the unit's caseworkers. But advocates for the homeless say that for the most part, families are not exploiting the city's homeless policy, but they come to live with relatives or for economic opportunities and end up in the shelters when things do not turn out as expected....
    [We repeat, the on-the-job training and the well-paying entry-level jobs just aren't there, and won't be there until we modify downsizing capitalism into timesizing capitalism.]

  2. [And we aren't the only ones with this problem -]
    Moscow Journal - Minus 4[°F] on mean streets: Nonpersons are dying, by Steven Myers, NYT, A4.
    A police officer patrolling Red Square. [photo] Since the onset of winter, 272 people have frozen to death on Moscow's streets, underscoring the plight of the city's least fortunate. Muscovites are often hostile toward the homeless.
    [Aren't we all - because there, "but for the grace of God," go we. It's too close. It's too direct a reminder that our vaunted "advanced civilization" and "high" technology and superior "intelligence" is a failure. They represent an insult to our claims to intelligence. A mockery. And the only economic system that's solved it is Timesizing, which can be spun as a mere minor modification to either capitalism or socialism, since it's a true Third Way, that kinda takes off at a right angle from our current "scientific" economists' self-referencing self-congratulation. We're stuck in a material world. But back to Russian homelessness, and since we've run out of photo caption, back to the article's text -]
    ...Advocates say the homeless - known here, pejoratively, as "bomzhy," the Russian acronym for people "without a specific place of residence" - receive little support from the government and, often, outward hostility from the police and the public. On average, about 400 die each winter, some found only when the spring thaw melts banks of snow where the victims fell. For much of the last month, temperatures in Moscow have routinely fallen below -4°F...the coldest winter in 2 decades..\..compared with an average of +14....
    The city estimates there are 35,000 homeless in Moscow, though advocates say the government's own statistics suggest there may be as many as 100,000 [1%] in a city of 10,000,000.... The city operates 12 homeless shelters, but they have a capacity of only 1,600. [However,] Vladimir Korushin, the deputy of the city's social security committee, said that even now they were far[?] from full [4 of 30 beds empty in their example]. "We cannot force [the homeless] to go [into the shelters]," he said. ...Since November...the shelters have been ordered to accept anyone....

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