No pay no stay

May 12, 2009 at 3:51 pm 6 comments

It’s just all-out hostility against the hobos and the poors these days!

Even after getting serious stimulus money, states are still cutting jobs, bull-dozing benefits and — as of this month — one city (NYC) will begin charging rent to working families staying in public homeless shelters.
::: What’s next?!? Tipping the breadline soup scooper??? :::

This latest societal bitchslap to the bereft is made possible by a 1997 state law allowing shelter managers to force flat-broke fams to fork over a portion of their income, depending on the shelter and family size.

For some of the strapped, this could mean handing over up to half their earnings.

(for serious!!!!)

How is a family supposed to save enough to get out of the shelter when they’re coughing up more than 50% of their take-home cash to the shelter?

::: rhetorical question, Bub — no one believes you care … :::

“I think it’s hard to argue that families that can contribute to their shelter cost shouldn’t,” commented one callous commish. “I don’t see this playing out in an adverse way.”

You sure about that??

Because I’m thinking that a state that eagerly earmarks

  • $2,500 for the Doll and Toy Museum of New York City
  • $2,500 for the Brooklyn Cricket League
  • $6,000 for the Harlem Honeys and Bears senior citizen swim team
  • $6,500 for the Utica Curling Club
  • $10,500 for the American Association for the Improvement of Boxing
  • $15,000 for the Urban Yoga Foundation
    – would probably enjoy some pretty sweet PR if it found a way to pinch off a few pennies for the penniless, right?
  • Right?!?

     I hope so, ‘cuz you gotta know it would take a ginormous truckload of NOTHIN’ for me to instigate an uprising of the impovrished when I visit New York in two weeks!


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    War on welfare? It’s hard out there for a ho!


    • 1. pobept  |  May 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm

      Shelters are or should be ‘very’ short time places to stay while getting on with their life.
      If someone wants to ‘live’ there they should be required to pay for that space!!
      That is one of the things wrong with this country now, far too many free loaders wanting a free government hand out for the rest of their life.
      Get a job, get a life, get off of government welfare!!

    • 2. Noni  |  May 12, 2009 at 8:24 pm

      Question for you pobept – how is a FAMILY supposed to get out of the shelter and off the system if they can’t save enough to do it?

      Offer up a plan!

    • 3. lifeisacookie  |  May 12, 2009 at 11:24 pm

      Nice try Noni but to no avail … pobept is clearly from the land of READING IS A FOREIGN CONCEPT — otherwise he/she would have noted, digested and understood that this law applies to WORKING families who, umm, you know, like HAVE a job and a life and ARE trying to get off the government tit.


    • 4. Rachel  |  May 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

      The NY Times ran an article on this, link below. I think that it’s the city’s way of compensating for other failed programs and wasted money, and an attempt at tough love.. but its not going to help these people who live in the shelters get out, only prolong their stay. It’s not to say they should live for free if they are earning an income, but there has to be a better solution.

    • 5. Noni  |  May 19, 2009 at 3:13 pm

      Racehl is right — there HAS to be a better way …

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