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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Completely Ending Homelessness

Posted by on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

This flyer just came in the mail:


End homelessness! Maybe by the end of June! It's literally impossible, but we hear this kind of message a lot. Is this talking point useful? Like, are more folks willing to help reduce homelessness if they somehow believe they're ending it completely?


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OuterCow 1
Well, it is usually much easier to get people who believe outlandish claims to follow orders than people who don't. Take religion for example.
Posted by OuterCow on June 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM · Report this
You know what you don't hear much about anymore? The Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. We're more than 6 years into it.
Posted by ScreenName on June 16, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 3
The number of homeless in Fremont and other neighborhoods is skyrocketing due to the focus on Pioneer Square.

Push one place, it comes out the other.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 16, 2011 at 11:26 AM · Report this
Banna 4
Two easy ways to end homelessness:

Re-designate recessed store entrances and refrigerator boxes as "homes" = the end of homelessness.

Jail anyone who doesn't have a physical address = the end of homelessness.

/Nobody said it had to be fair or realistic
Posted by Banna on June 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM · Report this
no marketable skills 5
@4 - OR you could simply feed the homeless to the hungry. get two birds stoned at once!
Posted by no marketable skills on June 16, 2011 at 11:33 AM · Report this

Here's my plan to end homelessness:

Buy them homes.

In Detroit and Cincinnati they are giving away homes or selling for $1000.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on June 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM · Report this
"End Homelessness!" is a better slogan than "Mitigate the Negative Social Consequences of Homelessness!" although the second is probably a more realistic goal.
Posted by Ken Mehlman on June 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM · Report this
The Space Needle, Inc. says they're willing to promise to fly the rainbow flag every year, but the gays have to end homelessness first.
Posted by gloomy gus on June 16, 2011 at 11:49 AM · Report this
seanmichaelhurley 10
Here are some fun facts: Mary's Place, one of the few shelters that will temporarily house families --- read single women with children, often seeking refuge from DV --- saw a 200% spike in traffic between January 1, 2011 and May 1, 2011. The MP admin approached over 200 landlords, both residential and commercial, appealing to them that they allow use of vacant space. Not a single one agreed.
'Ending Homelessness' is the worst kind of fluffy rhetoric. Imagine a campaign to 'end' mental illness? Or disagreeable social skills? Ridiculous notions, and rightly so.
Homelessness is a condition, a symptom, not unlike terrorism. I remember years back, Savage riled up the NW AIDS Alliance by suggesting it was an opportunistic agency, that it was growing itself as a business on the backs of the patients it served. But this is the essence of institutional dynamics. Agencies like Plymouth Housing or DESC employ people --- more people every day --- because demand is growing. And those employees want to stay employed.
These are complicated issues composed of nothing but moving parts, no brilliant insight there. But the longer we acknowledge rhetoric about 'ending' things like homelessness, or hunger or terrorism or ignorance, the longer we'll face the consequences of our own hypocrisy and narrowness of imagination.
Posted by seanmichaelhurley on June 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Dom's plan involves passing out little slips of paper that say "Hey, buddy. I totally feel for you and support your cause, but your presence makes me feel awkward so can you please go somewhere else."
Posted by dak7e on June 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 13
@6 for the insightful Win Of The Day.
Posted by Will in Seattle on June 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM · Report this
OuterCow 16
@8 LOL, ty sir.
Posted by OuterCow on June 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM · Report this
the idiot formerly known as kk 17
@2 Uh, maybe because you're not paying attention?…

And yes, it's ok to think about ending homelessness. At least as long as we don't pretend that tent cities do anything to end homelessness, because TENTS ARE NOT HOMES.
Posted by the idiot formerly known as kk on June 17, 2011 at 2:22 AM · Report this

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