The Huffington Post published an article today about the impact of dramatic cuts on families. We have seen a sharp rise in family homelessness in both Columbus and Cleveland over the last four years. The most frightening part of this story was from a young child in Detroit:
“He said, ‘Oh, I’m not eating dinner because it’s my brother’s turn tonight. Tomorrow is my night.’”
The report from the Annie E. Casey foundation found 67% of the children live in concentrated poverty in Detroit. Michigan has made dramatic changes in cash assistance and dropped 11,000 from the roles. Over 400,000 are unemployed in Michigan, but only 60,000 receive benefits.
CNN featured an inspirational story about Lamont Peterson and his journey from homelessness to Light Heavyweight world champion. It is nice to see media stories in which homelessness does not seem like a permanent condition.
The AP is reporting that the City of New York cannot proceed with their diversion plan as we reported previously. The decision concentrates on the way that the policy was introduced. The judge did not rule on the merits of the policy at this point. The City is characterizing the policy as one that anyone can walk in for services whether they need it or not. The Mayor of New York needs to stay in a shelter for a week, and he would realize that it is not a place where people would volunteer to reside. This is the final step for most people who have lost everything else. It is an insult for the City to say to a desperate individual that they must impose on their Aunt Rose's hospitality or sleep on the streets.