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Mon Nov 5, 2012, 06:51 AM

It takes a hurricane for the Mayor of New York to realize there are homeless?

“We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a news conference on Sunday. “We are not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets or go without blankets, but it’s a challenge, and we’re working on that as fast as we can.”



New York City officials said on Sunday that they faced the daunting challenge of finding homes for as many as 40,000 people who were left homeless after the devastation of last week’s storm, a situation that the city’s mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, compared to New Orleans’s after Hurricane Katrina.

The mayor said that the 40,000 figure was the worst possible case given by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and that a more realistic assessment was 20,000 people — most of them residents of public housing. Even in the best possible case, he said, the task will be formidable.

“We don’t have a lot of empty housing in this city,” Mr. Bloomberg said at a news conference on Sunday. “We are not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets or go without blankets, but it’s a challenge, and we’re working on that as fast as we can.”

It is a task shared throughout the region, as officials in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut struggle to meet the demands of those whose homes have been left uninhabitable. In some cases, the solution may be a familiar, if unwelcome sight: the trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/05/nyregion/freezing-temperatures-complicate-storm-recovery.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121105&_r=0


Not to detract from the plight of the people of New York and New Jersey, I just wonder if he realizes there were people sleeping on the street before the storm?

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Reply It takes a hurricane for the Mayor of New York to realize there are homeless? (Original post)
liberal N proud Nov 2012 OP
no_hypocrisy Nov 2012 #1
Anthony McCarthy Nov 2012 #2
freedom fighter jh Nov 2012 #3
ananda Nov 2012 #4
TBF Nov 2012 #5
secondwind Nov 2012 #6
xtraxritical Nov 2012 #9
Mariana Nov 2012 #11
thesquanderer Nov 2012 #7
Leopolds Ghost Nov 2012 #8
MADem Nov 2012 #10

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:09 AM

1. To be fair, if Giuliani were still mayor, he'd still be blind to the homeless.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 07:39 AM

2. That was my first thought, too

 

As soon as I heard the subway was flooded I wondered about all of those people who live illegally in forgotten places underground. I would guess that at least one person died in one, maybe never to be found.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:06 AM

3. Yes, but in fairness, it's dramatically worse now

even for those who were already homeless than it was until the storm.

Temperatures were pretty summery until then, yes, even through October. Some people were sleeping in the subways. While that's wretched, at least they could do it. Now everything is cold and wet and people who are homeless because of the storm or for any other reason are in a lot more trouble than homeless people were before.

Let's hope there's help for all of them.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:07 AM

4. To acknowledge that there are homeless.

He's always realized it all right.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:12 AM

5. I wouldn't get too excited - he's concerned about his voters being

displaced and sleeping on streets. I doubt he is really concerned about the chronically homeless. I'd love to be proven wrong.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:37 AM

6. He's talking about folks who will be without HEAT and hot water, with the cold coming soon. My



niece in NYC has power in Stuyvesant Town, but no heat or hot water. She drives to White Plains for a hot shower and a hot meal every night, and returns in the morning. She is finding this "tedious".

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Response to secondwind (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:14 AM

9. Consider Coleman Propane stove.

 

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Response to xtraxritical (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:50 AM

11. Man, that does make all the difference.

Years ago, my family rode out more than a week without power after a hurricane in relative comfort thanks to our Coleman propane stove. We had hot food, fresh COFFEE, warm water for sponge baths, etc.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 08:58 AM

7. Why the Bloomberg trashing on this?

I'm not a Bloomberg fan (I especially disliked the way he gamed the system to get himself a third term), but he has not been ignoring the issue of homelessness, even before Sandy...

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/11/nyregion/nyc-homeless-shelters-in-record-demand-new-facilities-planned.html?pagewanted=all

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:13 AM

8. “We are not going to let anybody go sleeping in the streets or go without blankets"

The chronically destitute are not anybody, apparently.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Mon Nov 5, 2012, 09:32 AM

10. Well, they weren't "homeless from million dollar homes" homeless....

They were "invisible" homeless, "you people" homeless.

There's a caste system to homelessness, you see...would that this were not so.

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