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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
This is the satellite photo of a homeless camp located at an intersection before being taken down. I take this road to work every day. This morning the cops along with garbage truck and tree trimming vehicles raided the place. Their possessions piled up, trees being cut down and the occupants scattered.
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razorflea razorflea (@razorflea) on Pinned comment
And while wealthier families can take advantage of discounts when diapers are bought in bulk, families living paycheck to paycheck often don’t have the same option. Heartbreaking...
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Good stuff...

"The tragedy is that it’s entirely within our power to do something about it: homelessness is not a choice made by the individual, it is a reality forced by government policy."

"I recently travelled to Finland to understand how it had done this. It turns out its solution is painfully simple and blindingly obvious: give homes to homeless people. As Juha Kaakinen, who has led much of the work on “housing first” in Finland, explained to me when I met him in Helsinki, “this takes housing as a basic human right” rather than being conditional on engaging in services for addictions or mental health. "
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Truth is that neither Republicans nor Democrats do nearly enough to address the homeless crisis. It's way more politically convenient and less expensive to point the finger at the other party, and sadly at homeless people, than to assume a level of responsibility for social ills. After all, why invest money and political capital on homeless people that society stigmatizes as alcoholics, drug addicts, dangerous, mentally ill, lazy, and 'choosing' to live on the streets?
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Way back, in NYC days, we were hosting a cultural delegation from Cuba, and one thing that absolutely shocked & appalled them was the Homeless scene in the streets of Manhattan, and how everyone was more or less used to it.
On a personal level, also back in NYC days, I helped to get two homeless Iranians (a clinically depressed Armenian lady, & an alcoholicphotographer) off the street & back to Iran, to their families.
They both came back to the US in less than six months!
Perhaps some day I should write a short story about them.
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Parsa Parsa (@Parsa) on Pinned comment
I found the overall homelessness in U.S. very shocking. They were every where. I had never seen so many homeless people in a developed world. San Franciso was particularly bad but I also found that people were very understanding of the problem. A kind of coexistence between the have and have not. But it's very difficult not to be emotionally moved by the extent of the problem and why there are so many.
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iraj iraj (@iraj) on Pinned comment
Living in a neighborhood where hobos highway passes through, my days starts and ends with the images of them, survivors of all ages, races and backgrounds.
The question is: What is the solution?
There are talks of building more homes for the homeless but disappointment sets in when one looks at the suggested number of units to be built.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Was in Southern Orange County, CA last week -- a very wealthy, conservative area that loves itself some FOX News. Killed me to see a homeless panhandler berated by a lady in her fancy SUV. Her profanity laced tirade was tough to swallow -- I mean seriously, how is her shaming of this 60-something year old man going to solve anything? (other than perhaps temporarily relieve her of her uncontrollable rage/anger). She apparently called the cops who scooped him up -- not sure if hey arrested him or simply re-located him to another part of town. So much for the holiday spirit of giving...
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
It was time for them to do something.
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
A brilliant or terrible idea? Good intentions aside, I live in Belltown and have a hard time seeing fellow residents approve this measure. I wonder how the city is going about selecting the town/neighborhood.

"Safe injection sites are designated clinics where addicts can shoot up legally. At the Vancouver (WA) site, the manager said since opening in 2003, the overdose death rate in the area around the clinic has dropped 35 percent. But the clinic also estimates 15 to 20 percent of people using the site come from other parts of the country specifically for it."
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Hopeful and subtle article about an issue that ALWAYS seems to be getting bigger and worse. It's noteworthy that the report makes a distinction between 'homelessness' and 'houseless.'
Back in my NY days (a while ago) in matter of ten years somehow I ended up meeting two Iranians I knew (an Armenian/Iranian lady that was a friend of family, second one was the older brother of a friend) homeless on the streets of New York; the middle aged lady had descended into severe depression and the guy had turned into an alcoholic.
To make a long story short both of them were reconnected with their families back home in Iran (through what we used to jokingly refer to back then as my "Sarkar Ostovar Politiks!") and both went back to Iran.
What I didn't expect was how both of them came back and returned to US after a short while of staying in Iran.
As cited in the article "Homelessness is a state of mind." Indeed.
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) replied to Baller (@Baller) on Pinned comment
Part of $3.8 billions a year military aid to Israel can be used to help the homeless population.
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Baller Baller (@Baller) on Pinned comment
"A staggering 1 in 13 [NY] city students - 81,400 to be exact - were homeless in the last school year, shuffled from shelter to shelter or from a relative's couch to another family's home, often far away from their neighborhoods and schools." Damn, that's a crazy statistic!
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