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That's why out-in-the-open bicycle theft rings and chop shops have proliferated in these camps.
We will be judged by "I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless, and you took me in.”
― Mother Teresa
Some things that seem to be forgotten:
-The homeless are citizens of this city.
-The homeless are treated like criminals even when they are not participating in criminal activities.
-The homeless are our neighbors, and harassing our neighbors doesn't work to change social behavior.
Some things Portland needs to learn:
-More than half of the homeless in Portland are Portland-grown. They are not someone else's people, but our own.
-The far majority of Americans are disgusted by the sight of homeless, and they come up with excuses for that emotional response later. (Envy Up, Scorn Down by Susan Fiske)
-If we want social change we need to provide opportunity, not harassment.
-The social workers for the homeless are overworked and unable to help the people they have right now.
This event changes nothing. All it does is to communicate to the homeless that they are not welcome here, even though this is their home.
FYI PBA started the camping ban in 1981. FYI Charlie hales has done nothing to help the homeless, and has spent all citizens money on developers and what big money people want. While taxing the rest of us.
we actually do need affordable housing in PDX. a few years ago, I fell from middle class to homeless thanks to my kids' dad's need to punish me financially for divorcing him, and there were almost no options for us. Bill Gate's slums, which would have uprooted my kids and moved us out of Portland proper, or moving into a school bus and spending our days migrating up and down the coast were the viable choices we were left with if Habitat for Humanity hadn't taken us. if I hadn't already qualified for SSDI, I imagine we would have been on the street. I can't see that we would have had a choice.
Hales spox says #RFMS is not a sweep. Says #RFMS being done in response to flood of calls.
Hales phone number is 503-823-4120. 503-823-4120
1. Yes, this is a sweep. Making up a new pr-speak name for it doesn't make it not a sweep. Mass removal backed by force is a sweep.
2. Sweeps are cruel, punitive, and counterproductive. No credible expert on homelessness supports them. They are promoted by two overlapping groups of people--people who believe ignorant sadistic fantasies about the homeless, and people whose bread is buttered by catering to those fantasies.
3. Other than safer managed spaces such as shelters and R2D2, visible places on public streets are the safest places for homeless people. There are not enough safer managed spaces. Until there are enough safer managed spaces, harshing people out of visible public space just makes them easier prey for robbers, rapists, etc. The argument that it improves public safety is a lie.
There are actions being planned against the #RFMS. Filming and observing are important.
To further my argument about high housing costs, why would someone live under a bridge if they could just move to a less expensive area (even in the metro area)? But to the point, having less expensive housing isn't a bad thing for a host of reasons, just don't project it as some homeless panacea it's not.
And to the point, housing for the homeless often isn't an immediate solution to homelessness. Four walls won't make someone not addicted to drugs or mentally ill magically (not that it's not part of the steps in order to treat these conditions) it just doesn't solve some of the life-skill gaps that are occurring.
It's unfortunate it has come to this, but we can see the evidence of a couple years now of turning our backs to appropriate street use and we have always been a destination city for the homeless and it sure seems it has gotten worse over the years. It's time for ABC and XYC city/state/whoever to deal with some of the dysfunction, we just don't have the resources and there are other concerns that need to be looked at other than just homelessness in the city.
I also enjoyed the quote about Mother Teresa. Do you think she'd bring a meth addict into her home? I think not. Don't be silly.