...my parents got on the subway to a welfare office downtown, a ride they never thought they’d have to take.
My family’s journey into and out of homelessness began like so many others then and now. Dad was drinking heavily, money got tight, some poor decisions were made, and a family teetered on the brink of despair as a result.
...the city sent us to the Hotel Kimberly uptown. It was an awful place at the time, with rats in our room and constant break-ins. My father slept in a chair leaned up against the door to the room while the rest of us slept in the same bed. We lived in that hotel and under those conditions for six weeks.
My dad said he had no way to get us to a new apartment even if we found one.
All human beings have a right to shelter. Some may say that’s feel-good liberalism run amok, but in the City of New York, it happens to be the law. We must house our homeless, and that means finding places for families like mine to live and begin again.
In some cases, that will mean new shelters in neighborhoods that have not seen them before.
A cynic will say that throwing more money at the homeless is a waste. I disagree. Because it’s not just about a lot of money, it’s about a little bit of hope.
Now, take a good look at the amazing B.S. posted above. The family managed to ride the subway to a welfare office, but had no way to get to a new apartment, if found?
Jimmy's father drank heavily, and even though he was employed, he pissed away the family's money and then pissed off the relatives they were bunking with, and they ended up homeless. This was a self-made problem. They then lived in a shitty hotel in awful conditions.
And what is Jimmy's brilliant idea? Kick more money over to the likes of Samaritan Village et al, so they can open equally shitty hotels to house the families of modern-day drunks.
No solution is presented with regard to dealing with addiction, no solution presented with regard to providing permanent housing, no solution is presented with regard to perhaps moving people to areas of the country that they can actually afford on low wages.
Nope, communities better just like the fact that more popup homeless shelters are coming, and Jimmy is fine with shoveling our money at them. Somehow I think he'd have a problem if they opened one in Sunnyside Gardens. After all, he had a problem with the storage of firetrucks next to a park.
an apartment in his district?