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  • THE BILLION DOLLAR HOMELESS SCAM: The More We Spend, The Worse It Gets

    08/16/2018 9:34:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 08/16/2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    New York City will be spending $2.06 billion on its Department of Homeless Services. There are 61,421 homeless people in the city which is spending $33,539 per homeless person.   That’s only a little short of the starting salary of an FDNY firefighter at $39,000.  More money will be spent on the homeless than on the firefighters who save New Yorkers from burning buildings. The FDNY will have to make do with $2.04 billion, and the health department with $1.6 billion. That’s impressive for DHS, a department that was only created in 1993 by the disgraced Dinkins administration and is now burning through more cash than...
  • The Billion Dollar Homeless Scam

    08/16/2018 9:31:13 AM PDT · by detective · 11 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 16, 201 | Daniel Greenfield
    The more we spend, the worse it gets. New York City will be spending $2.06 billion on its Department of Homeless Services. There are 61,421 homeless people in the city which is spending $33,539 per homeless person. That’s only a little short of the starting salary of an FDNY firefighter at $39,000. More money will be spent on the homeless than on the firefighters who save New Yorkers from burning buildings. The FDNY will have to make do with $2.04 billion, and the health department with $1.6 billion. That’s impressive for DHS, a department that was only created in 1993...
  • People Are Understandably Distressed About This Diabolical Airport Power Outlet Prank

    08/10/2018 8:30:20 PM PDT · by RightGeek · 47 replies
    Time (nearly dead) ^ | 8/9/2018 | MEGAN MCCLUSKEY
    Basically anyone who has ever been to an airport knows that finding an open power outlet can be one of the most stress-inducing aspects of flying. So it should come as no surprise that people are freaking out over this power outlet sticker prank. Thanks to one beleaguered traveler’s commitment to exposing this diabolical trick to the world, a photo of one of the fake sockets has gone viral. “Whoever put up this fake sticker of an open outlet at the airport, you are now my enemy for life,” Twitter user Brandon Ewing captioned a photoset of himself discovering the...
  • Homeless people wearing barcodes to accept cashless payments

    08/10/2018 8:42:51 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 31 replies
    telegraph ^ | 8/8/18 | Camilla Turner
    Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative. A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets. Passersby who wish to give money - but who may not have any change in their pocket - can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person. The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case worker who ensures that the money is spent...
  • A couple struggles with addiction and the realities of Orange County’s homeless

    08/09/2018 1:54:42 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/2/18 | Anh Do
    For Laura and John Kasten, a homeless couple forced from an Orange County riverbed into temporary motel living — the road ahead looms empty, filled with hunger, loneliness, drugs. - snip- On Valentine’s Day, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, who was presiding over a civil suit filed by homeless advocates against Orange County and the cities of Anaheim, Costa Mesa and Orange, took a walking tour of the camp, hugging bedraggled residents and insisting that evictions be handled “humanely and with dignity.” - snip- Both John and Laura have struggled with addictions to heroin and to meth, and both...
  • Homeless people wearing barcodes to accept cashless payments

    08/09/2018 9:04:35 AM PDT · by MarchonDC09122009 · 24 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/8/2018 | Camilla Turner
    By Camilla Turner 8 AUGUST 2018 • 7:25PM Homeless people are wearing barcodes around their necks in an attempt to increase donations in a cashless society, under an Oxford University backed initiative. A new social innovation project, called Greater Change, hands homeless people a QR code, similar to the kind issued for online tickets. Passersby who wish to give money - but who may not have any change in their pocket - can scan the code using their smart phone, and make an online payment to the person. The donation goes into an account which is managed by a case...
  • ‘It Is Cruel’: Boulders Replace Homeless Encampment In Angelino Heights Cul-De-Sac

    08/08/2018 5:30:31 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 28 replies
    CBSLA ^ | 8/8/18 | CBSLA
    ANGELINO HEIGHTS (CBSLA) — A method of deterring homeless people from sleeping in a part of Los Angeles dealing with the crisis is drawing mixed reactions from neighbors. A homeless encampment once stood on a section of Custer Avenue in Angelino Heights near where the 101 and 110 freeways connect. The cul-de-sac right off Sunset Boulevard now has several large boulders strewn about the sidewalks and patches of dirt, ostensibly to prevent people from sleeping there. Joe Illeng used to be homeless and now has a home and a family. However, he told CBS2 News this in no way to...
  • Woman finds squatters in backyard of Seattle home

    08/02/2018 10:38:43 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 45 replies
    KIRO7.com ^ | 8/1/2018 | Alison Grande
    SEATTLE - A Seattle woman says she came home to find homeless squatters setting up a tent in her backyard. The home is for sale. Lisa, the owner, who asked us not to identify her or the house so it would not interfere with her sale(snip) When she came home Monday, she found that man and another one in her backyard setting up a tent and drinking out of the hose. She said they'd spread items out on the patio and the stairs too. She said they'd even brought religious statues to put on the steps. Lisa says she screamed...
  • The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles “Explodes”; Middle Class Continues To Disappear

    08/02/2018 7:43:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    TEC ^ | 08/02/2018 | Michael Snyder
    If the U.S. economy is really doing so well, then why is homelessness rising so rapidly? As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase, the middle class is steadily eroding. In fact, I recently gave my readers 15 signs that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed. More Americans are falling out of the middle class and into poverty with each passing day, and this is one of the big reasons why the number of homeless is surging. For example, the number of people living on the street in L.A. has shot up 75...
  • Family was feeding the homeless. But when a naked man ran at kids, dad pulled a gun

    08/01/2018 8:00:02 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    ledger enquirer ^ | August 1, 2018 | Scott Berson
    A Covington, Ga., dad only wanted to take his family on a trip to feed the homeless. Instead, Tae Lovelace says they were harassed by a naked man and he was forced to pull out a handgun in defense. “Had I not been licensed to carry at that moment who knows what this guy could have done to my family or any of the other families that were here,” Lovelace told WSB. Lovelace told Fox 5 his family was at Trailblazer Park in Covington in late July feeding the homeless when they were approached by a stranger in his underwear,...
  • Co-sponsor pulls support for Seattle stadium funding, cites housing crisis

    07/31/2018 10:00:45 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 32 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/31/18 | Avery Anapol
    A county official in Seattle abruptly withdrew her support for a plan to publicly fund a new baseball stadium, saying most of that money should instead be used for affordable housing. King County Council member Jeanne Kohl-Welles announced Tuesday that she was taking her name off the measure to use about $180 million to renovate Safeco Field, according to The Seattle Times. Kohl-Welles vowed instead to introduce a proposal to put $25 million toward the stadium and use the rest to fund affordable housing. “The bottom line is our region is experiencing a major housing crisis,” Kohl-Welles said, according to...
  • Stabbing suspect arrested in ‘vicious’ BART killing in Oakland

    07/23/2018 11:24:04 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 27 replies
    SF Gate ^ | 24/7/18 | Megan Cassidy, Michael Cabanatuan and Sarah Ravan
    A BART passenger’s tip ended a daylong police manhunt for the violent felon suspected of fatally stabbing a BART passenger and injuring her sister in a sudden, unprovoked attack on the MacArthur Station platform in Oakland. Nia Wilson, 18, died on the platform Sunday night after a man identified as 27-year-old transient John Lee Cowell approached and quickly stabbed her and Lahtifa Wilson, 26, both in the neck, police said. The older sister was hospitalized overnight. “In my close to 30 years of police experience, it was probably one of the most vicious attacks that I’ve seen,” BART Police Chief...
  • Police search for suspect in fatal stabbing of woman at Oakland BART station

    07/23/2018 4:31:22 PM PDT · by NohSpinZone · 23 replies
    LA Times ^ | 7/23/18 | By James Queally
    Police in the Bay Area are searching for a 27-year-old man who they say brutally stabbed two sisters at an Oakland train station Sunday night, leaving one of them dead. John Lee Cowell is accused of stabbing 18-year-old Nia Wilson and her 26-year-old sister in the neck and body around 9:30 p.m. at the MacArthur Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Oakland, according to BART police. Wilson died of her injuries at the scene, while her older sister remains in stable condition, officials said. News of the killing stoked public concern that a hate crime had been committed. Cowell is...
  • Reynalds leaves legacy of helping the less fortunate (NM, "Joy Junction" Christian shelter)

    07/18/2018 10:55:25 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 3 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | July 18, 2018 | Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board
    He was born and raised in England. But Jeremy Reynalds adopted Albuquerque as his home 32 years ago, and our city is a better place because of it. Reynalds, who lost his battle with cancer late Tuesday at the age of 60, was a tireless advocate for the homeless. He dedicated himself to providing food and shelter for them and to nurturing them spiritually. He founded and ran Joy Junction, the state’s largest homeless shelter, until his death. It’s difficult to say how many people Reynalds and Joy Junction have helped over the years, but it’s easily in the tens...
  • SF Mayor: 'There's More Feces ... Than I've Ever Seen'

    07/16/2018 6:09:11 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 117 replies
    San Francisco Mayor London Breed, in her first one-on-one interview since taking office, said homeless advocacy groups that receive funding from the city need to better educate the homeless to "clean up after themselves." "I work hard to make sure your programs are funded for the purposes of trying to get these individuals help, and what I am asking you to do is work with your clients and ask them to at least have respect for the community — at least, clean up after themselves and show respect to one another and people in the neighborhood," Breed told the Investigative...
  • San Francisco’s crisis looks like New York’s future

    07/09/2018 1:26:14 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 8,2018 | KAROL MARKOWICZ
    At CityLab, Gabriel Metcalf wrote that he specifically moved to San Francisco for its progressive policies but that those policies have caused a housing shortage of epic proportions. “San Francisco progressives chose to stick with their familiar stance of opposing new development, positioning themselves as defenders of the city’s physical character,” he wrote. And: “Over the years, these anti-development sentiments were translated into restrictive zoning, the most cumbersome planning and building approval process in the country, and all kinds of laws and rules that make it uniquely difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to add housing in San Francisco.” Likewise, New York’s...
  • SF’s appalling street life repels residents — now it’s driven away a convention

    07/02/2018 3:02:19 PM PDT · by qwerty1234 · 53 replies
    In a move that is alarming San Francisco’s biggest industry, a major medical association is pulling its annual convention out of the city — saying its members no longer feel safe. “It’s the first time that we have had an out-and-out cancellation over the issue, and this is a group that has been coming here every three or four years since the 1980s,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of S.F. Travel, the city’s convention bureau.
  • Homelessness crisis: Where is the mayor? (Seattle's Jenny Durkan visits Mexican border)

    06/24/2018 6:42:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/21/18
    **SNIP** We have a similar lack of leadership at home. From the Seattle City Council head-tax debacle, to the growing lack of safety and now a mayor’s trip to protest at the border with a U.S. Conference of Mayors delegation. If all were well at home, we could applaud this effort. But that isn’t the case. Mayor Jenny Durkan flew away from 180 unsheltered children and 1,000 unsheltered young adults. Violence and crime are on the rise alongside tent encampments, including an attack on a tourist near the Space Needle and a rape in a Ballard car-dealership bathroom.
  • Source: Homeless man poured beer, urinated on flames to put out St. George fire (he started)

    06/22/2018 12:28:40 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 6 replies
    SI Live ^ | 06/19/2018 | By Mira Wassef,
    The homeless man accused of starting a raging fire in St. George tried to put out the flames by pouring his beer and urinating on the blaze, according to a law enforcement source. Hector Meza, 40, was arrested by fire marshals and charged with fourth-degree arson, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, stemming from the June 6 incident, the FDNY said in post on social media. Meza allegedly allowed a candle to burn carelessly, igniting combustibles in an alcove in the rear of one of the buildings on Stuyvesant Place, and left the scene without alerting anyone to the fire or...
  • Tourists attempting to visit Space Needle attacked by homeless man (Seattle)

    06/18/2018 7:27:35 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    KOMO News ^ | June 14, 2018 | Matt Markovich & Tammy Mutasa
    SEATTLE - A family from Arizona was attacked by a man from a homeless camp just as they parked to visit the Space Needle earlier this month. Details are just now being made public of the June 2 attack. Officers responded to a reports of a fight in progress in the parking lot next to the Wells Fargo Bank at 3rd Avenue and Denny Way, one block away from the Space Needle. There is an unsanctioned encampment with about a dozen tents along one-block stretch of 3rd Avenue, that has been growing over the last three months. Tourists often walk...