Saturday, May 9, 2009

Even The Homeless Have To Pay For Rent




How difficult these economic times have become! So difficult that, in New York City, some people staying in homeless shelters are being charged rent.

Yes, it is true that those being charged all have jobs. But those jobs are, typically, low paying. And with the shelters insisting on as much as 50 percent of their pay in rent, they, naturally, feel they may never get on their own two feet and get places of their own.

Which, of course, increases the strain on the shelter system. So, all-in-all, it seems pretty counterproductive to me.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Shelter implies a refuge, a port in a storm, a place to find security when you are down. If they are charging as much as fifty percent of all the money you have in the world they need to change their names to usuries!

Anonymous said...

Gary, this is all leading up to the eventuality that the government will feel the need, at some point, to just eliminate a certain segment of the population. Scoff if you will, but remember this reply when it starts to happen.

Anonymous said...

I still cannot understand in this prosperous country poverty has to exist. It is heart breaking!

John Di Gasbarro

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why someone who can hold down nothing but a low-to-moderate paying job would still live in New York City. This is a mental deficiency and can not be addressed by yet another useless but costly social program.

GH

Anonymous said...

It is so much easier to attempt to address economic hardship on the backs of those least able to afford it, than to stand up to the powers that created the situation in the first place.



Brinna Nanda

Anonymous said...

The powers that created the situtation in the first place? Are you saying that someone created someone else's being poor?

Most poor people(not all poor people) are poor because of the life's choices they have made.

1. Little or no education.
2. Having children they cannot afford.
3. Cell Phones.
4. Big screen TV's
5. Fancy fingernails.
6. High priced sneakers for the children they can't afford.
7. Buying homes they cannot afford.
I could go on and on. Yes, it sounds uncaring but facts are facts.

I've been poor. It ain't pretty. Don't someone else for your situation.

I pity the poor children that are brought into this world under such conditions. They are the true victims.

Just look at Katrina. After almost 4 years some of those parasites are still living off handouts.

I will agree though that they should not be charged by the shelter. I would hope that they would put that money to better use by helping themselves.
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You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that, my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

Dr. Adrian Pierce Rogers (September 12, 1931 - November 15, 2005) of Love Worth Finding Ministries, Pastor Emeritus of Bellevue Baptist Church.

Anonymous said...

Makes sense charge someone up to half their pay to have some shelter (sarcasm) This is ridiculous in my view.
TJonna