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In NYC, Port Authority Tells Group Not to Hand Out Blankets, Doesn't Want Homeless 'Too Comfortable'

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Volunteers with Saxton/Hart tried to help those in need during frigid temperatures by handing out blankets at New York City's Port Authority Bus Terminal and were shocked when authorities turned them away:


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Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 1:20 pm

Human government policies?
They prefer to find people dead from hypothermia????

The mind boggles

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 1:44 pm
That's just pitiful. So many lack compassion and empathy. And I really doubt a blanket while helpful is not going to make anyone homeless "comfortable"
Thank you Carrie

Past Member (0)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 1:45 pm
I'm sorry Carrie, I'm having trouble noting submissions today.
Guess I will go back to work. Will try later.

Lone F (58)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 1:46 pm
Thanks for sharing this story Carrie!

Lois Jordan (63)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 3:22 pm
Noted. Now, that's just mean.

Victoria P (110)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 5:26 pm
Appalling! Thank-you for the post

Animae C (508)
Tuesday February 24, 2015, 5:48 pm

Darren Woolsey (218)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 12:24 am
Just utterly crazy!
I think government officials ought to spend a few nights out in the cold, just to get a taste of what reality is really like for some.

Marilyn Graziano (70)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 1:03 pm
I agree entirely with you Darren lets put the rich out in the cold for a couple of weeks How wicked humans can get!!!

Freya H (345)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 1:20 pm
Shame on the Port Authority! Have they no hearts? Where are the homeless supposed to go? Good for Saxon/Hart - may their efforts pay off.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 2:29 pm
Outrageous! We are living in an evil world. Down with the 1% and their corrupt government friends!

Kate Kenner (215)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 3:29 pm
As if they are not already uncomfortable without homes. Gee, a blanket would make them feel right at home because Port Authority is such great place to live. Why would anyone not want to leave once they have blankets?

Leanne B (46)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 3:44 pm
This angers me so much! Inhumane and cruel treatment of humans no wonder it's so hard to get things changed for animals. Homeless people can't get jobs can't get mental health it is morally wrong to just ignore them. Compassion is lacking in many hearts!

Janet B (0)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 7:34 pm

rita uljee (1)
Wednesday February 25, 2015, 11:35 pm
what a terrible wrong statement how can anybody think in that direction shame on them!

Roslyn McBride (26)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 4:17 am
This kind of thing really annoys me - how dare anyone stop people trying to help the homeless? First we hear about 'mustn't give food', now 'it's no blankets' where its really cold. Put the authorities in their place, then see how they feel.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 4:37 am

Arild Warud (174)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 4:44 am

Freya H (345)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 5:58 am
Here is a petition on behalf of Saxon/Hart and their efforts.

Past Member (0)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 10:43 am
This is stupid!!

Leanne B (46)
Thursday February 26, 2015, 2:56 pm
Thanks Freya, signed

Pamela Tracy (5)
Friday February 27, 2015, 4:06 pm
When I came through NYC in 1985 I believe, the customers that had tickets were locked in until your bus came to give one safety. However, two older women were in the area where we were and someone told me sometimes they got in the safe area and security left them there. When it was time to go out and wait the last hour for my bus there were hundreds of homeless people sitting on the floor and behaving. This young man who showed me to where my bus would board said they sit there all day......and then at night they are kicked out. Must be much worse right now but is a person who is homeless is harmless and are one of the kind that most likely will not be homed, give them a blanket.

Lilly S (12)
Tuesday August 25, 2015, 9:01 am
Why not put some of our taxes to good use. Build large, clean, productive shelters where people can go without being afraid to be robbed, assaulted or even killed. Build some "learning shelters" where the homeless can not only eat and sleep, but read, re-educate themselves, get good counseling and be evaluated for their mental and physical health. I have nothing against those who are affluent. But it bothers me when I see huge skyscrapers, people bustling below and moving right past the homeless sleeping in cardboard boxes, if they're lucky.

Lilly S (12)
Tuesday August 25, 2015, 9:16 am
I knew one of the homeless people in my neighborhood was an alcoholic. So when he asked for money I denied him. But I offered a pizza dinner, which he accepted. When we walked into the pizza place to order, the owner asked us to leave. I said we would sit in the back so as not to be offensive by the (understandable) lack of hygiene. He refused. I asked if we could just order the pizza, go outside and wait. He said he wanted to be paid first. We stood outside in the cold and ate a cold pizza. BTW: There was no one else in the pizza place at the time. :) THIS IS JUST ONE OF A THOUSAND STORIES.
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