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Wealthy San Francisco Residents Fight Against Homeless Shelter

Joe Kukura
Apr 19, 2019 - 5:00
Wealthy San Francisco Residents Fight Against Homeless Shelter

It’s normal for San Franciscans to become so jaded to rampant homelessness that they walk past the most heartbreaking scenes of people lying on the ground without batting an eyelash. But it takes a special level of jaded to whip out your credit card and make a $10,000 donation to prevent a homeless shelter from being built. That is what someone in San Francisco did two weeks ago. A particularly cruel GoFundMe campaign opposing a homeless shelter just hit its $100,000 goal, powered...

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5 Replies to “Wealthy San Francisco Residents Fight Against Homeless Shelter”

  1. I grew up in a poor urban area that is now rapidly gentrifying or perhaps has gentrified. I still live there. When I was a kid there was poverty, gang violence, and a few, what we called, bums. They were mostly vets and some drunks. I knew them all by name. They were part of our neighborhood and community. Now, there are still pockets of poverty, the gangs are mostly gone, but there is a proliferation of people experiencing homelessness. Rarely are they people displaced by the gentrification. most of those who moved out were paid (whether fairly and whether coerced is a different topic), and they moved to residences in other less expensive areas of town. The overwhelming majority of homeless people in my neighborhood now are not originally from my neighborhood. They are drawn by good weather (southern California) and lax policing. They are drug addled, violent and volatile. They leave feces and needles on the streets, on sidewalks, on school yards. They act with impunity while long standing empathetic residents are at a breaking point and new wealthier residents are baffled. I’m fearful in a way I never was, even during notorious 80s gang wars. I don’t know how to solve homelessness, and I really wish I did, but I understand why some people oppose the shelter.

    1. If you treat people as less human and less deserving than you, if you put them in crisis situations due to lack of income, affordable housing and health you will see people turn to anything and everything just to get by. How to end homelessness is simpler than you think. Spend the money your city already spends on policing them and give them income based affordable housing. For those with no income help them get on SSI or SSD. People with safety nets and social welfare programs can succeed. They need their community to help them and not look down on them or push them out.

  2. The not in my backyard mentality has to stop. Thinking that homelessness is only due to moral failure in the individual is a fallacy. You can’t pay someone starvation wages, imprison them before they are even out of school, disenfranchise them with food deserts and loitering, littering and trespassing tickets and lack of free higher education and expect people to succeed. Give people education, give them a living wage and income based afffordable housing and healthy food to eat and watch crime and homelessness drop. House the homeless first and then treat their mental and physical issues. Be kind to your fellow community members, even if they don’t pay taxes, even if they sleep outside or on peoples couches or in their car, they are still part of the community. Help them to be productive. Don’t take away any chance of success by pushing them out. Also, this mentality that if you can’t or don’t work you are lazy has got to end. There are meaningful ways to contribute in a community without official employment. We have a moral obligation to take care of elderly and disabled folks and help them find their passion in life.

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