Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

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The population of new york is 8.3 million. The number of homeless in new york is 38,000. This means that roughly half a percent of the city is homeless. The number of people who were forced into using the shelter system last summer reached an all-time high of 120,000. This is a worrying statistic with the winter coming on, a time when the shelters are packed to capacity. The city says this is because of the economy, but critics say that the city is withholding vital programs and funds that could keep people in their homes. We know that the vast majority of homeless in New York City are minorities, mainly blacks. The inability of the city to create fair, low-cost housing forces many people to the streets. This seems to me to be another example of housing discrimination.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/15/opinion/15thu3.html?_r=1&ref=opinion

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Written by ahartzog

October 15, 2009 at 3:47 pm

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  1. I completely agree! Do you realize that there are considerable amount of vacant properties do to foreclosure that could be use as temporary shelter. Space is not really an issue here. There is no reason why homeless person needs to live on the street during the harsh winter weather. The city is trying to maximize profits anyway it can at any expense. I think the only real solution would be to make a public announcement informing the public of the situation. Hopefully people would have compassion and open their doors to a homeless individual or contribute to charities.

    icet0696

    October 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm


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