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NYC Starts Charging Rent at Homeless Shelters

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http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/City-Starts-Charging-Rent-at-Homeless-Shelters.html

 

"City officials this month began charging rent to working families staying in public homeless shelters.

The policy stems from a 1997 state law that hasn't been enforced until now. Under that law, shelter managers started to require families to pay a portion of their income, depending on the shelter and family size, according to The New York Times. Residents could be expected to pay up to half their earnings."

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I have been homeless at several points in my life. Contrary to popular belief, most homeless did not become so out of choice and not because they are lazy, stupid, or immoral. Many homeless people are victims of abuse in the form of neglect and abandonment by their parents or other caregivers. Some of them are simply victims of life’s tragedies, such as hurricanes, fires, or other catastrophes from which they simply don’t have the resources to recover. I invite you to my blog devoted to raising awareness on homelessness: http://www.freethegods.com. There you will find an article I wrote on homelessness and pictures I have taken of homeless people. I always give them a dollar or two for the privilege of photographing them. I am often surprised by their cheerfulness and sense of pride. Often, they will show themselves to have some kind of talent. There is a fine line between genius and insanity.

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I spent a good amount of time traveling out west several years back. To cut expenses, I stayed at homeless shelters if they had beds available. I was surprised how many people there had jobs. They just lived a transient lifestyle, working, getting paid, spending the money, and moving on. All you have to do is go to chapel, and help clean up after meals. If you don't mind having absolutely no roots, I guess it's not a bad way to go.

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