Beyond 5 Senses

Beyond 5 Senses

1,860 notes

pantslessprogressive:

“Of New York’s more than 40,000 homeless people in shelters — enough to fill the stands at Citi Field — about three-quarters now belong to families like the Lewises and are cloaked in a deceptive, superficial normalcy. They do not sleep outside or on cots on armory floors. By and large, their shoes are good; some have smartphones. Many get up each morning and leave the shelter to go to work or to school. Their hardships — poverty, unemployment, a marathon commute — exist out of sight.
Underlying this transition is a cascade of events, both economic and political. For the past three years, city officials say, 30 percent of New Yorkers seeking shelter have done so because of evictions, many connected to the financial crisis. (Domestic violence and overcrowding were other chief reasons.) At the same time, a disagreement over money between city and state officials last spring led to the cessation of a rent-subsidy program designed to shift the homeless from shelters into apartments. For the first time in 30 years, there is no city policy in place to help move the homeless into permanent homes.
Ms. Lewis, a health care aide, was evicted last month from her home in Far Rockaway, Queens. She was working full time for Able Health Care Services of New York, making about $500 a week tending to an autistic man. In August, because of cuts in Medicaid, her hours were reduced by half. Six weeks ago, she separated from her husband, Gregory Pitters, a maintenance man, who, before he lost his own job, earned $600 a week. On top of this, the $1,000 rent subsidy Ms. Lewis was receiving from the city, through the now-defunct program Advantage, ran out. Her apartment, a small two-bedroom, rented for $1,200 a month. She now makes $210 a week. She owes her landlord $4,280. The problem was mathematical, she said: ‘I can’t afford the rent.’ […]
At 40,000 people, New York’s shelter population is higher than it has ever been. (In 2001, when it hit 25,000, the city’s commissioner of homeless services was quoted in The New York Times as calling it “a temporary crisis.”) On any given night, 6,000 homeless men and 2,000 homeless women bed down in facilities for single people, and an additional 15,000 parents and 17,000 children sleep in family shelters. Then there are the individuals living on the streets whom the city counted last week in its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate. (The numbers will be available in March.)” - Alan Feuer
Homeless Families, Cloaked in Normality

pantslessprogressive:

Of New York’s more than 40,000 homeless people in shelters — enough to fill the stands at Citi Field — about three-quarters now belong to families like the Lewises and are cloaked in a deceptive, superficial normalcy. They do not sleep outside or on cots on armory floors. By and large, their shoes are good; some have smartphones. Many get up each morning and leave the shelter to go to work or to school. Their hardships — poverty, unemployment, a marathon commute — exist out of sight.

Underlying this transition is a cascade of events, both economic and political. For the past three years, city officials say, 30 percent of New Yorkers seeking shelter have done so because of evictions, many connected to the financial crisis. (Domestic violence and overcrowding were other chief reasons.) At the same time, a disagreement over money between city and state officials last spring led to the cessation of a rent-subsidy program designed to shift the homeless from shelters into apartments. For the first time in 30 years, there is no city policy in place to help move the homeless into permanent homes.

Ms. Lewis, a health care aide, was evicted last month from her home in Far Rockaway, Queens. She was working full time for Able Health Care Services of New York, making about $500 a week tending to an autistic man. In August, because of cuts in Medicaid, her hours were reduced by half. Six weeks ago, she separated from her husband, Gregory Pitters, a maintenance man, who, before he lost his own job, earned $600 a week. On top of this, the $1,000 rent subsidy Ms. Lewis was receiving from the city, through the now-defunct program Advantage, ran out. Her apartment, a small two-bedroom, rented for $1,200 a month. She now makes $210 a week. She owes her landlord $4,280. The problem was mathematical, she said: ‘I can’t afford the rent.’ […]

At 40,000 people, New York’s shelter population is higher than it has ever been. (In 2001, when it hit 25,000, the city’s commissioner of homeless services was quoted in The New York Times as calling it “a temporary crisis.”) On any given night, 6,000 homeless men and 2,000 homeless women bed down in facilities for single people, and an additional 15,000 parents and 17,000 children sleep in family shelters. Then there are the individuals living on the streets whom the city counted last week in its annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate. (The numbers will be available in March.)” - Alan Feuer

Homeless Families, Cloaked in Normality

(Source: pantslessprogressive)

Filed under homelessness NYC economy

  1. distivia reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother
  2. nonsuchandboogaloo5 reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  3. catsarerats reblogged this from jaolintuulen
  4. reginaabyssi reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  5. takemetothecountryside reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  6. surftheskyline reblogged this from play-the-game
  7. equalityishumanity reblogged this from belovedhope
  8. jvnguyennn reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  9. tauntingtruth reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  10. luvorhatemeidgaf reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  11. rebelfortheglory reblogged this from neo-filipino
  12. neo-filipino reblogged this from bad-dominicana
  13. kiss-your-starlings reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  14. mattmeetstheinternet reblogged this from katiacambia and added:
    “Of New York’s more than 40,000 homeless people in shelters — enough to fill the stands at Citi Field — about...
  15. mauricesmall reblogged this from katiacambia
  16. jujudafu reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  17. katiacambia reblogged this from tomofbedlam
  18. tomofbedlam reblogged this from kill-allhumans
  19. texilexi reblogged this from newmodelminority
  20. ixamxdecadence reblogged this from newmodelminority
  21. sassholio reblogged this from jennybirdddd
  22. caedmon-ss reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  23. msmustacheman reblogged this from the-wolfbats
  24. the-wolfbats reblogged this from catgirlxlrg
  25. wuling09 reblogged this from bedbugsbiting
  26. rareandradiantmaiden reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother
  27. only-slightly-mental reblogged this from pantslessprogressive
  28. atwg reblogged this from yoemanspeakup
  29. danholepond reblogged this from other-stuff
  30. thenarglewrites reblogged this from aliveagaintoday
  31. summerskiss88 reblogged this from aliveagaintoday
  32. ihearttseliot reblogged this from fromonesurvivortoanother
  33. alwaysaspencer reblogged this from adrowningwoman
  34. aliveagaintoday reblogged this from fuckcapitalism and added:
    If we didn’t have medicaid and if my boyfriend’s parents didn’t own the house (and let us be late on rent sometimes), we...