Skip to comments.Homeless hell in America's Midwest
Posted on 08/01/2011 3:24:31 AM PDT by kcvl
Thousands of middle-class U.S. families are being forced to sleep on floors in public buildings because so many have lost their homes and jobs in the economic crisis.
These shelters were once the preserve of drug addicts and alcoholics but now normal Americans are having to bed down in halls and corridors as they have no other place to go.
An investigation has also found many from the Midwest are spending their benefits to stay in motels for up to ten days a month to avoid having every night on mattresses surrounded by dozens of strangers.
Experts say that these middle-class people are from 'the boom suburbs that have now gone bust'.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...
Distress: Maurice Henderson and his young family are in the shelter after he lost his job and later his home
He, his wife Roseangel, and their small children, are sleeping on the floor of a church in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
'When you have lost a job and you have to downgrade, and those bills start racking and stacking up. You sell you car, you cannot pay bills and you lose your home and then you end up here.'
What did they expect when the US government declared open warfare on jobs??
Where is the outrage at what the rat party and its Fuhrer have done to our country?
From the article:
“It (the economy) grew in the first half of the year at the slowest pace since the recession ended,”
Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the MSM keep saying the recession has ended. Is everybody employed again? When did that happen?/s
“Tell a lie often enough and it becomes the truth.” Joseph Goebbles
Trucker Larry Antista is in the shelter with his daughter Michelle, after he lost all work and eventually their home.
Homeless: 14-year-old Michelle Antista has not even told her school that she has nowhere to live
‘In these economic times my spouse took off on us and that cut our income in half. We lost our house and here we are,’ he said.
His 14-year-old daughter Michelle says that her friends and teachers are clueless about the fact she is now homeless. ‘They haven’t asked so I haven’t told them,’ she said.
She also warned that many American families could fall on similarly hard times.
‘If they came to live one day like us they would see how hard it is and how good they have it. They complain about what they have got but that is really dumb,’ she said.
Experts are warning today that many more families may go down this route as the U.S economy continues to creak.
Sonya and Tim - he was a manager at McDonald’s but the branch closed and she worked at Subway but they cut her shifts - lost their home and moved into a small apartment, but when the unemployment money ended they lost that too.
“We slept in our car, it was scary,” says Sonya. “Then we came here.”
Larry Antista and his 14-year-old daughter Michelle are bedding down alongside 80 people they do not know. Does her school know she is homeless? “I didn’t tell them,” Michelle says. “I stay there until six o’clock to do my homework.” They lost their apartment when the family split up.
Maurice Henderson and RoseAnna Ortice are across the parquet floor with their three kids. Maurice used to manage a car dealership. They lived in a motel. The day his unemployment cheque did not arrive was the day he had to leave the motel and come here. They have been on the mattresses for two weeks.
There is wrath aplenty here - though you seldom hear such thoughts expressed on the US media. “They’re wasting money on wars,” says Larry. Maurice tells me the same thing. A guy crawls over his large family and almost whispers to me, “I’m Native American. My tribe runs a casino so where does the money go? Why don’t they use it to help their own people?”
Steinbeck, who had lived in California most of his life, had to be alerted to the existence of the camps on his doorstep by Lange’s husband, an academic, who wrote one of the first field reports of the migrant problem. Then, as now, the poor had only a walk-on part in the mass media, and their script lines seldom reflected what they actually thought.
All along Interstate 40 I have been cursing the motelscape. The inedible sludge of reconstituted egg, “biscuit” and gravy that allows them to advertise “hot breakfast” - the coffee weak enough to read the Wall Street Journal’s markets pages through.
Reynalds takes me to a line of cheap motels right by the interstate where rooms are $29 (£18) a night. “These places fill up in the first two weeks after the benefit cheques are paid and when they run out, they empty out and people drift over to Joy Junction.”
Now I see the cheap motels in a new light. This is where America’s hidden homeless live.
It's all happening so fluently that it almost seems like it's a contrived political action plan but we all know THAT would never be here in the good ol' free USA.
Leave 0bummer and the ‘rats in power and it’s fini for the USA.
I was about to say that the homeless rearing their heads under a Democrat administration is ... unexpected.
But, this is the foreign press. They don’t get the memo sometimes.
It's all happening so fluently that it almost seems like it's a contrived political action plan but we all know THAT would never be here in the good ol' free USA.What did they expect when the US government declared open warfare on employers and jobs??
It's all so simple. We don't have free and independent presses. We have an Associated Press - and that is an entirely different matter.
Well, the first one never ended. They include federal (debt) spending in GDP calculation -as in + production. Take out the gov spending and the first recession never ended. This is another reason the Dems are fighting spending cuts tooth and nail. Removing the spending shows the private economy has been shrinking since 2007, when the Dems took over Congress.
In their feeble minds, it’s still President Bush’s fault. They are still beating the “inherited” drum because they have nothing else. Obama has no accomplishments to run on. None.
The first quarter growth rate was revised down to 0.04%
Is that a recession or a depression?
These people aren’t blaming Obama. These people are wanting handouts it sounds like.
It is getting worse.
I just spent 15 minutes posting a reply about what I may have to do myself but I felt it would be too depressing and would paint myself as someone looking for sympathy.
Every agency wants its revenue, and they are coming, if you are behind they will find a way to strip you of everything, even if the net income is minimal.
The tax man cometh, and they are hiring.
Actually it was .4%...but you take out QEII and stimulus...actual growth is negative.
You can get growth from point A to point B by either having point B higher or having point A lower.
When the latest GDP numbers were announced, the numbers for both previous quarters were lowered.
Nobody in DC wants to correlate the rising debt ceiling with declining jobs.
The rising debt ceiling has two consequences....
more regulation ...
to occupy employees in expanding federal bureaucracies...which expand because they have more money and another layer of bureaucrats need their 20 year promotions... Each round of regulatory expansion is the effective equivalent of another targeted tax increase on the object of the regulation.
The rising debt ceiling has demands and expectations of creditors for new elements of revenue raising by the Feds...taxes or fees.
In this strangling environment job creation is simply NOT possible.
In fact the only logical conclusion..can be ..is that the Federal apparatus -initially an asset to the United States..by virtue of its abilities to raise an effective Navy in the late 1700s, and early 1800s to facilitate overseas trade on behalf of the States, has become nothing other than the States greatest liability at this point in time. In the absence of profound regulatory and taxation reform-which is not capable of coming from the same minds that created the problem..we may well be at the end of the line.
For DC to face this fact...means the end of the K St-Congressional Party cycle in DC-the one that keeps repeating 2.4Trillion as their mantra.
IMHO...the only solution is a 50 state secession from DC at this point...with a completely new Constitutional Re-Federalization...
Done? Done what? There’s no mention of this in the Boston Globe...
Dude, go ahead. You disclaimed, above -- so post.
It might be therapeutic for you and instructive for us.
Why no outrage at Obama? It’s Bush’s fault and I’m surprised I’m the first one to say it.
I am debating whether to stand and fight the State the of Alaska or to leave for Canada.
I would not be getting a better deal in Canada, its just the closest country away from America in my neck of the woods.
Its getting out of hand all the sudden demands from the property taxes, the IRS, the childrens services all wanting their monies in a hurry.
I have my saved summer wages income, I am NOT paying them, it would leave me penniless. Time to hit the road again for another refuge.
If I were you, I would bail to Canada and end up waiting out the storm. At the moment and near future, the State will not put up with any arguments. They will start kicking doors down and put boot to neck.
The one thing I was hoping to read from the homeless is the one thing I didn’t see in the article.
“Please help me find a job”.
I dunno, if I were a bureaucrat in a regulatory role, I’d love to sit in my office and do absolutely nothing every day except sit on the internet and post at the Free Republic.
Which would keep me from creating new regulations, enforcing existing regulations, or having anything to do with regulations at all.
I would love to see obozo make a campaign stop there!!
Welcome to Obamaville.
A trucker that can't find a job? Move on over to the Marcellus Shale region, the classified ads are packed with CDL jobs!
I wonder if the story is really true, that we have a large middle class homeless problem. If we do we are in trouble, because you are correct, it is getting worse, the great recession is now hitting state and local gov as well as the private sector.
Since when is Albuquerque in the Midwest?
Some of the people mentioned were truck drivers in New Mexico.
With the new NAFTA trucking rules, they are out of a job. Mexican trucks can cover that area for a fraction of the cost.
Things are decent here, but in other areas where my family live there are a lot of “ghost” people. They are homeless, but the kids still go to school and they dress well. They are also unemployable, since they have lost their address and many companies won’t hire someone who has been laid off.
My neighbor has taken his son’s family back in because of a similar story.
New rules allow Mexican trucks on the road.
Not going to get better.
>>>... in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The headline says “Midwest”. Albuquerque, New Mexico ain’t “midwest”... #justsayin’
Not that I am informing you all of anything, but every day they make clear they will defend to the end the programs that are bankrupting our country.
When society totally breaks down, when de-urbanization is complete, when a few pounds of scrap metal is worth more than a monthly Social Security check, when the homeless and church shelters are overwhelmed, what will happen?
I know this; the people will demand the pols “do something,” and that something will resemble totalitarian control. Like almost every republic before us, we will end up in tyranny unless we stop the head first dive now.
And for a final insult to a once free people, Dingy Harry is giving a perverted lesson on the Constitutional Convention. What a SOS.
I think much of it is BS... hay around here is $6 a bale. I don’t know where he is buying his hay at $200 a bale!
Alfalfa for Sale, 1st Cutting, Big Round Bales, No Rain, $150 ton & $90 ton
“Brett Porter, who farms 3,000 hectares, unrolls the last of his hay in front of a thirsty line of prime Angus cattle. With just 18 bales left, and at $200 (£123) a bale on the open market, when he runs out he will have to sell the cows.”
As for Maurice, the "successful" manager of a car dealership or fleet or whatever, his criminal history would make him unemployable anywhere, anytime.
If only these communities could have had the “help” of the epa for a couple decades prior to these depressionary times, the citizenry would have been much more accepting of the small move on to grinding poverty.
Meanwhile, 30 million ILLEGAL PARASITES are working under the table, enjoying their section 8 housing, their food stamps, their TANF, their free medical care, ad nauseum. Which is why they drive new cars while the folks in the story are sleeping in shelters.
DEPORT THE DAMN ILLEGALS, AND THEIR ANCHOR BABIES, NOW !!
To h*ll with ‘em. Obama is gonna take care of his muzzie bros!!
The average American, losing their jobs and homes, are clueless that Obama has given BILLIONS of their tax payer dollars to Muslims!
Obamas 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu was revised and passed by the full committee.
It gives billions http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/obamas-supplemental-bill-passes-gives-billions-to-enemies/
of U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries and entities that support Sharia law and/or harbor, hide and support those who want to destroy the U.S. and our allies.
Read the summary from David Obeys office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.
$3.6 billion, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces
$400 million, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces
Afghanistan: $1.52 billion, $86 million above the request
West Bank and Gaza: $665 million in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza
Jordan: $250 million, $250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance
Egypt: $360 million, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance, $50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance
Pakistan: $1.9 billion, $591 million above the request
Iraq: $968 million, $336 million above the request
Oversight: $20 million, $13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq
Lebanon: $74 million
International Food Assistance: $500 million, $200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis
Refugee Assistance: $343 million, $50 million above the request, including humanitarian assistance for Gaza. Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)
Disaster Assistance: $200 million to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia
Peacekeeping: $837 million for United Nations
peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic
Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system
The mainstream media remains silent on this but the International News has now picked up the story http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=22164
and then there is Obamas $108 billion IMF bailout scheme http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/13/obamas-100-billion-imf-bailout-scheme/
in addition to the Supplemental.
And THIS is what Obama is doing to American taxpayers:
THE BIGGEST TAX HIKE IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
Obama gives your tax dollars to rebuild Muslim mosques around the world
ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE AWAY NEARLY $6 MILLION OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS TO RESTORE 63 HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES, INCLUDING ISLAMIC MOSQUES AND MINARETS, IN 55 NATIONS. See the State Department document here.
Obama should be impeached for this!!!