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Being Young and Homeless in the US Could Get Even Worse


Society & Culture  (tags: Homelessness, young people, americans, culture, ethics, crime, government, freedoms, rights, sadness, society, news )

Carrie
- 827 days ago - truth-out.org
Amber, 24, who's been living on the streets half her life, was sitting on a sunny sidewalk in downtown Berkeley last week, cuddling her three-month-old puppy and talking to a friend



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Susanne R. (249)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 3:11 pm
How in the world does it help anything to fine or arrest these people? They don't have any money and they don't have anyplace to go! Perhaps the shop owners and people who profit from tourism can get together and work on solutions for training these individuals, finding them gainful employment, and identifying those who need mental help and/or drug counseling. Fining people who can't pay fines and tossing the homeless in jail for a few nights solves nothing. By helping the homeless solve the problems that keep them homeless, they'll be providing permanent solutions instead of applying the same old bandage to a wound that can't heal unless treated.
 

Dianne Lynn Eakin (731)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 8:48 pm
sO SAD-TY-
 

Kelly Rogers (303)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 9:25 pm
noted ty
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (276)
Sunday July 15, 2012, 11:20 pm
SAD
 

Pat A. (116)
Monday July 16, 2012, 3:57 am
Moving the problem away from the commercial areas will not solve the problem of homelessness - except possibly in Repuglicon minds. And it might even increase crime - after all if the homeless cannot get help from passersby giving them their change - what might they do - just lie down and die or might it become too much of a temptation to take from those who have more than they? It seems a policy fraught with dangers and misery.
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday July 16, 2012, 5:13 am
very sadly noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 16, 2012, 8:02 am
as long as any being lives in fear, hate, exploitation and death at the hands of man so shall all men live under this same threat, don't fool yourself no one is free as long as another is oppressed. withdraw your consent for as long as we agree to the small things we have agreed to the big ones, the pebble seems so small but its effects are far reaching
protect life, prosecute those that seek to destroy our shared home and our fellow beings
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
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DEMOLISH ------>>>>> THIS WALL !!!!
DEMAND FREEDOM, FOR ALL THE WORLD!!!!
 

MRS M. (1423)
Monday July 16, 2012, 8:48 am
Thank you.
 

Reggie Thomas (5)
Monday July 16, 2012, 9:22 am
THE UNITED STATES PRIORITY'S ARE SCREWED UP.THEY ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THAN HOME, WE SPEND 2 BILLION A WEEK TO KEEP SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN,100 BILLION A YEAR,WE GIVE 1 BILLION A YEAR TO PAKISTAN & EGYPT.THE UNITED STATES SPENDS EVERYTHING FOR DEFENSE AN NOTHING ELSE.(O_O)
 

JL A. (275)
Monday July 16, 2012, 9:35 am
Societies are judged by how they treat those with the least...the US is a failure in this regard and getting worse with budget slashing immoral priorities
 

Lori Mabry (18)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:19 am

it amazes me that the U.S.is full of wealth yet can't extend it's hand to assist the homeless and starving.If each day we would all do just a small thing,. Be it buying a meal,helping them find a place to clean up and get rest when we can .Maybe gradually things would start to change.
 

Carrie B. (309)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:38 am
It seems to be more fashionable for the rich and famous to help those in need in other countries. Admittedly there is need all over the world, but what happened to taking care of our own?
 

. (0)
Monday July 16, 2012, 12:47 pm
Keeping someone in jail (let alone the cost of arresting and processing them) is an expensive business. If instead this money were directed toward getting these young people in to work and housing surely that would benefit the community as a whole.
 

Gene Jacobson (255)
Monday July 16, 2012, 2:22 pm
"John DeClercq, Berkeley Chamber of Commerce CEO, the sole speaker favouring the measure, said the law would make the city’s business districts “more welcoming”.

Yeah, right, more welcoming for the monied for whom you shill. What about doing something for these children? Oh, that would cost money. And we know Chambers of Commerce put dollars before people in all that they do. So, it isn't bad enough that they are homeless, you want to fine them and incarcerate them too? Give them a home that way? Hell of an expensive way to run a resort dude. Cheaper to help them find homes , education and jobs. But that requires caring and a generous spirit, neither of which exist in Chambers of Commerce. Even the Romans thousands of years ago were better than you. They at least had public baths for people to use, I'm betting you don't let these kids use yours. Heartless fools.
 

Aletta Kraan (146)
Monday July 16, 2012, 3:59 pm
Why does not the city take care of them , open up a safe house . thanks !
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Monday July 16, 2012, 4:33 pm
There are plenty of examples of successful shelters across the United States, but it takes a committment from the community and the homeless themselves to change their lives. Arresting people will only make it more difficult for them to find employment and housing.
 

Tal H. (8)
Monday July 16, 2012, 9:19 pm
Thanks for the article! :(
 

Marie W. (66)
Monday July 16, 2012, 10:11 pm
US is in decline and this proves it- we no longer take care of own.
 

Janet G. (0)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 5:18 am
To punish the homeless because they are homeless is ridiculous! How we treat the poor is a reflection on all of us.
 

Allan Yorkowita (445)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 9:40 am
When he was mayor, Guliani increased the number of shelters and food banks in NYC. Calif. has one thing NY does not, winter....prior to this, as winter was coming on, the homeless would do anything they could be get arrested -at least they were safe and warm.
This was not going to happen any longer under Guiliani. The police took these people off the streets and brought them to shelters - there was no option.
In 5 years, Times Square became another world. Calif. needs to follow this example.
 

Marianna Molnar Woods (9)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 10:15 am
HOMELESSNESS IS HEARTBREAKING AT ANY PART OF THE WORLD. THEY ARE IN MY PRAYERS
 

Gloria H. (88)
Tuesday July 17, 2012, 2:31 pm
Despite the notion of ALL of California being beaches and bikinis, Northern California gets damned bone chilling cold at night. Fog comes in, and the sweaters, parkas go on. Common joke in San Francisco...you can always spot the tourists (turning blue) with shorts and tee shirts.
This climate is rough on youngsters...imagine what the mid life and elderly homeless have to deal with!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 4:30 pm
It seems to me that many more of us are on the verge of homelessness and already are homeless than ever before! Where do our tax dollars go? Overseas and to the lowest in ethics, the most environmentally destructive and greediest. Why does the Gov favor the corporations and the wealthiest? Why does the current majority in Congress continually obstruct job creation and get away with it?
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 4:33 pm
Sadly noted.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday July 18, 2012, 7:57 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Angel Campbell (0)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 2:58 am
America is f%#%#^. Such a bad country to be world leader.
 

Tamara Mendelson (1)
Thursday July 19, 2012, 10:39 am
I am really starting to hate some people. Fining people for having no money? That really is just stealing people's liberty. That's all it is. What happened to American values?
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Saturday July 21, 2012, 1:12 am
Damn it- F**k things like this makes me ANGRY as hell!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Ruth R. (219)
Sunday July 22, 2012, 11:07 pm
This is not good, a waste of men. women, and chhildren. People need to go get these people to have homes -- even one by one.
If you have not already -- please will you check the Green New Deal, the Green Party, and Jill Stein. They are not bought by corporations and they listen to the people -- at this time. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY -- AND IF YOU HAVE ALREADY -- PLEASE WILL YOU CHECK OUT THE GREEN NEW DEAL, THE GREEN PARTY, AND JILL STEIN AND COMPANY. THEY ARE NOT BOUGHT BY CORPORATIONS AND THEY LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE -- AT THIS TIME, SO THEY MIGHT KEEP AMERICA GOING BETTER THAN THE OTHER PARTIES.
 

Ruth R. (219)
Monday July 23, 2012, 12:15 am
If you have not already -- please will you check the Green New Deal, the Green Party, and Jill Stein. They are not bought by corporations and they listen to the people -- at this time. IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY -- AND IF YOU HAVE ALREADY -- PLEASE WILL YOU CHECK OUT THE GREEN NEW DEAL, THE GREEN PARTY, AND JILL STEIN AND COMPANY. THEY ARE NOT BOUGHT BY CORPORATIONS AND THEY LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE -- AT THIS TIME, SO THEY MIGHT KEEP AMERICA GOING BETTER THAN THE OTHER PARTIES.
 
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