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  •  There are a lot of reasons people stay out (12+ / 0-)

    of the shelter system - I lived for years across the street from one of the largest in NYC on 3rd and Bowery, which is now a drug rehab.

    Violence in the shelters was rampant, rape and abuse was frequent, and corruption was rife - by employees (many of whom were ultimately busted for robbing shelter clients of their SSD checks).

    I spent a year in a hotel/shelter on Park Avenue for families, after a burnout.  The conditions there were not as dire as those for single males.

    My husband has worked for over 30 years with mentally ill SRO clients.  One small facility in NY is a model for many others around the country, but unfortunately there are far too few of them.   Funding has been drastically cut, and another part of the problem I mentioned above - NIMBY - Not In My Backyard - attempts to open community based smaller shelters has been met with loud angry resistance from area residents who don't want shelters in their neighborhoods.

    "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now". Rev. William Barber, If you're in a coalition and you're comfortable, you know it's not a broad enough coalition" Bernice Johnson Reagon

    by Denise Oliver Velez on Thu Nov 01, 2012 at 04:14:19 PM PDT

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