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Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Homeless in America

Mainstream Baptist is reporting that the National Coalition for the Homeless has released their latest report, including the meanest cities for the homeless. You can read the full report here and see if your area is on the list.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn Oklahoma's treatment of the homeless is relatively benign, especially in comparison to so much of the country.




2 Comments:

At 3:36 PM, Blogger Rob said...

It's sad, how we treat homeless here in Hawaii lately; I do understand Gov. Lingle's position in one respect, the tourism issue. It seems like a trivial concern to many, the homeless vs. tourist attractiveness issue, but Hawaii's main "industry" and source of income in the state is tourism. To this day the state's economy is still trying to recover from 9/11, as the flight ban was devastating to the state economy, one that already faced large deficits (a large part of that due to the previous governor, Ben Cayetano, who was as corrupt as they come).

The actions taken against homeless in our parks is deplorable, however. While I applaud Gov. Lingle's desire to build low cost housing, taking homeless persons possessions (especially when they are at work, i.e., trying to improve themselves) is just wrong on many levels.

It's a really delicate issue here...how to address the problem of homelessness, be kind to them and help them, and keep the state attractive to tourists so the state still draws revenue.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger Cookie said...

I think the reason it isn't worse here is that we're still fairly rural, despite OKC and Tulsa. Besides, economically, I'm sure we score near the bottom of the U.S., and we have massive numbers of the working poor --- so, many people here aren't really that distant from homelessness themselves, meaning they likely fear the consequences of a charge against homelessness themselves.

It's sad, isn't it?

 

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