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July 15, 2009

LOS ANGELES RANKED 'MEANEST CITY' FOR HOMELESS

Reuters - Two major advocacy groups for the homeless ranked Los Angeles as the "meanest" city in the United States, citing a Skid Row police crackdown they say has criminalized poverty and homelessness there.

L.A.'s so-called Safer City Initiative was singled out in the groups' report as the most egregious example of policies and practices nationwide that essentially punish people for failing to have a roof over their heads.

Others include making it illegal to sleep, sit or store personal belongings on sidewalks and other public spaces; prohibitions against panhandling or begging; and selective enforcement of petty offenses like jaywalking and loitering.

Such measures are widespread in the face of a deep economic recession and foreclosure crisis that have increased homelessness over the past two years, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Their report examined laws and practices in 273 cities across the country, with Los Angeles topping the list of the 10 "meanest cities" for what the study called inhumane treatment of homeless.

Top Ten Meanest Cities:
1. Los Angeles , CA
2. St. Petersburg . FL
3. Orlando , FL
4. Atlanta , GA
5. Gainesville , FL
6. Kalamazoo
7. San Francisco
8. Honolulu
9. Bradenton
10. Berkeley


HOW MANY HOMELESS?

National Coalition for the Homeless -
The best approximation is from a study done by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty which states that approximately 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, are likely to experience homelessness in a given year.

These numbers draw their estimates from a study of service providers across the country at two different times of the year in 1996. They found that, on a given night in October, 444,000 people (in 346,000 households) experienced homelessness – which translates to 6.3% of the population of people living in poverty. On a given night in February, 842,000 (in 637,000 households) experienced homelessness - which translates to almost 10% of the population of people living in poverty.

6 Comments:

Blogger robbie said...

Berkeley? Having lived there for 5 years, that seems kind of surprising to hear.

July 15, 2009 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Compassion has its limits.

July 16, 2009 11:54 AM  
Anonymous piss off said...

Yeah it's limited to people who have some.

July 16, 2009 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ROBB , I MULTI-DISaBLED not an addict or psychotic WAS HOMELESS THERE a couple years.
even fair housing discriminated local legal didn't do HUD ADA issues. even discrim against disabled.
LOTS OF STEPFORD HIPPIES.

Mayors office is WHOOOOOOOOO . nasty. when none was looking.

Is it still almost no blacks above the UC DIVIDE?

CHECK HOW MUCH BOSS and her young hubby make over 300k? charitable or profitable? NO WONDER you hAve to pay for SHELTER and dont allow hud deductions for medical needs.

I HELPED ONE WOmAN WItH progressive MS and PTSD GET TO HELP NEW YORK.

shelters don't like cripples who need actual help do like rotating drunks/addicts.

BERKELEY PD WERE NICE TO ME. A FEW KIND SOULS, only reason i survived.

BUT NON-PROFITS and GOVT?
BERKELEY WAS - well lobbied or you get MEAN.

SF AND PARK POLICE are NOT NICE at all.

when ACCESSIBLE PARKING IS not EVEN following the rules but FREE IF YOU CAN FIND IT - YOU CAN FIGURE something is very wrong.

September 28, 2009 11:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANONYMOUS 1 _ COMPASSIONS LIMITS WERE

we can get a big pat on the back and addicts sure they are easy to control, but
no complex disabled or other needs wanted.

oh and the agencies supposed to represent
sold.

the glossy flyers what we do? most often not real.

Can you SEE ANY CASE FOR individual discrim DISCRIM IN SHeLTERS discrim in programs?

in SF or Berkely?

September 28, 2009 11:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please note:
HUD others WON'T COUNT HOW MANY PHYSICALLY or multiple or severely DISABLED IN THE ROAD.

HOW CAN PROGRAMS BE DEVELOPED FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE MADE TO NOT EXIST?

September 28, 2009 11:36 PM  

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