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Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:09 AM

People Stay Homeless Because the Shelters Are So Damn Nice

Michael Bloomberg, man of the people, has an explanation for why the number of homeless people in New York City's shelters has jumped 18 percent so far this year: Hoi polloi have just never seen amenities like these. "We have made our shelter system so much better that, unfortunately, when people are in it or fortunately, depending on what your objective is it is a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before," he said yesterday. "When we came into office, the shelter system was an abomination. People were driven around all night. The kids slept on benches. None of that happens again," none! "so there's less pressure on people to move out today." Oh, and maybe the economy a little bit, too, he noted.

More than 18,000 children, and more than 43,000 people overall, were living in shelters as of two weeks ago, numbers requiring the opening of nine new shelters in the last two months, the Times reports. All of them will presumably come with Whirlpools and complimentary eggs Benedict in bed, according to Bloomberg's billionaire logic.

But the mayor, despite his out-of-touch bumblings, likely knows full well what's going on, even beyond the glossed-over crummy economy:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/08/bloomberg-thinks-homeless-shelters-are-too-nice.html

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Ichingcarpenter Aug 2012 OP
Art_from_Ark Aug 2012 #1
sinkingfeeling Aug 2012 #2
Arkansas Granny Aug 2012 #4
choie Aug 2012 #6
xchrom Aug 2012 #3
Enrique Aug 2012 #5

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:16 AM

1. I stayed at a shelter in San Diego once

The meal, which was served after hearing testimonials from several reformed alcoholics, consisted of a barely edible broth with hard cabbage and who knows what else. After that, there was community shower time, and then bed time-- several men in a room, with half of them coughing the whole night. Yep, it was a regular Waldorf-Astoria

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:18 AM

2. I would guess any shelter would be 'more pleasurable' than the curb.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:24 AM

4. Probably beats a cardboard box, too.

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Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:48 AM

6. Having worked with the homeless

at soup kitchens over the last year, I can tell you that many do not stay in shelters because they (the shelters) are very dangerous.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:23 AM

3. I have to shake my head in disbelief.

Reminds me of some of the more ridiculous claims made about the advantages of slavery or indentured servitude.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Fri Aug 24, 2012, 11:28 AM

5. "pleasurable experience"

that's hot.

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