60,000 homeless people in the city, that is what we keep hearing from the powers that be, but it is all a manufactured crisis, which is just big business to make a select few some big bucks. I still would like to see the actual breakdown of these homeless people. I mean how many are truly homeless due to true circumstances, like say a fire in an apartment or home or some major illness which wiped out an entire savings account or a bad temporary break.
I have a feeling if we are given these statistics, there would in reality be no crisis. I figure a good bunch, like the photo below of that motley crew of all black, young able body men and not sure if that junkie looking one is a woman, are druggies, alcoholics, lazy, can’t hold down a job and made piss poor decisions in their life. Then how many are illegal immigrants. How many are people from other states that came here since NYC is a right to shelter place. How many are mentally ill who refuse to get help and be on medication. How many are females who got knocked up by some thug who took off as soon as a seed was planted, then got knocked up a 2nd and 3rd time. How many just do not make enough money to live in this city and instead of moving to a less expensive city decided to stay and suck of the big government tit. How many who cannot afford to take care of themselves decide to have two and three kids.
You see homelessness for the most part is brought on by an individual’s actions or behavior or lack of action. It is not meant to be a “career choice”. I mean we see these folks all over the city, stinking up our subway trains, forcing people who actually work, to scramble to another subway car. We see them lying on the sidewalks blocking an entrance. We see them bothering people for money or just plain bothering people. Then we hear the cup with coins shaking. Then you see the really lazy homeless, who don’t even shake a cup, they just plop down on a sidewalk with a sign next to the cup, hell they don’t even bother to work for that quarter, hell, at least shake the fucking cup.
And so many tend to be black, a few Hispanic and White, then there are the young white males and females, who I guess thought it would be cool to come to New York, the most expensive city, with no skills, no nothing. With the exception of one Asian male (and a real fucking stinky fuck who is always on the subway train, I rarely never see Asian homeless people, I don’t see Muslim Homeless people, I don’t see Japanese Homeless, Chinese Homeless, Jewish Homeless.
As you can tell, I despise these homeless folks, they make life miserable for others and they fuck up communities, communities that are already fucked up to begin with. No sympathy from me. I was brought up to be held accountable for my actions & behaviors, to work and not take handouts and realize that the only person responsible for me is ME, period.
And fuck that bullshit you hear, “That everyone is just a paycheck away from homelessness”. BULLSHIT, that is a myth, a lie and brought about from the far left liberals.
So the moral of the story. Your poor choices, your problems, your whatever, IS NOT MY PROBLEM, NOT MY RESPONSIBILITY it is FUCKING YOURS.
I look at the photo below and wonder why such able body people and healthy looking to me are out on the street. From the looks of them, something tells me this was the career path they took some time ago.
But again, NOT MY FUCKING PROBLEM or anyone else, except them.
The rise of homelessness has been a hot topic of late, and deservedly so. Unfortunately, some are trying to rewrite the history regarding how and why the population in homeless shelters has risen.
So here’s the real story.
Starting in 2002, the Bloomberg administration embarked on aggressive, innovative efforts to better care for those less fortunate, starting with completely overhauling a decades-broken homeless-intake system that inhumanely bused the homeless around all through the night, substantially improving conditions in shelters (something even our fiercest opponents admit) and starting the first-ever Street Count to determine the number of people sleeping on the street, who they were and how we could help them.
And we oversaw a nearly 30 percent decline in the number of homeless on the street.
Another step was the creation of the Work Advantage program in 2007, which successfully moved tens of thousands of families out of shelters and into permanent housing by providing housing subsidies.
The program was critical in helping to stabilize the number of families in shelters, which had been growing since the great recession began. Despite the brutal economic climate caused by the financial collapse, the sheltered population in the city remained stable — between 36,000 and 39,000 — from January 2009 to March 2011 due to the Advantage program.
In February 2011, Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued his proposed budget, which included ending Albany’s share of funding for the Advantage program. Doing so would trigger an end to the federal matching funds we received for the program.
In the following months, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his administration pleaded for the funding to be restored. They noted if the state cut its share of funding, the city would be forced to shutter the program, as the city could not replace the lost state and federal dollars and warned that killing the Advantage program would result in a sharp increase in the number of homeless in the city.
Unfortunately, the Coalition for the Homeless actually advocated for the state to cut the program.
Equally unfortunate, there was no outcry whatsoever from the city’s political class, advocates or care providers about the state’s proposed cut, leaving the Bloomberg administration as the only voice trying to save it — a fight we eventually lost, in no small part due to a lack of support from others in town.
The city’s other elected officials essentially stood idly by as the state moved to eliminate funding for a successful social services program — an occurrence that typically would cause outrage from Democratic politicians and interest groups.
The final state budget passed March 31 of that year, and the funding for the program was eliminated, over the vociferous protests of the Bloomberg administration.
With state and federal funding now eliminated, the city was forced to begin the process of shutting down the program it created, supported and successfully implemented. A halt on new leases began in April 2011, and over the course of the next year, existing leases stopped receiving the subsidy.
Then, precisely as we predicted, the number of people in homeless shelters started to rise sharply, going from 38,800 in May 2011 to more than 60,000 at the peak earlier this year.
During the 2011 budget debate, the Coalition for the Homeless dismissed the Bloomberg administration’s predictions about what would happen if the Advantage program was cut by the state. They claimed our dire warnings constituted nothing more than “scare tactics.”
The results speak for themselves. Our predictions weren’t negotiating tactics, but the harsh reality of what would occur if the state cut the program.
Later, in an extraordinary display of hypocrisy, the Coalition for the Homeless supported a lawsuit when the Bloomberg administration began to stop sending Advantage subsidy checks. They supported a lawsuit to keep the program in place — the very same program they advocated to end.
As we watch this debate play out, it’s important to remember the history, accurately, about how the city’s shelter population swelled, and where leaders and interest groups stood at the critical moment on the issue.
Robert Doar was the commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration from 2007 to 2013.