Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Victims in Class Warfare

The news treats homeless families springing up all across the country as if it were a sudden development, but it's something that has been in the making since Reagan's term. By taking away living wages from working people, then letting industries like oil raise prices inordinately, the creation of homelessness is just another byproduct.

Last night's report from Sacramento showed a growing encampment of homeless people there, as racymind posted today. As she remarked, this is hardly confined to California's capitol.

In Texas, we have the highest number of homeless children, a product directly related to the 'Right to Work' laws which give employers the right to keep the workforce intimidated and underpaid.

The study by the National Center on Family Homelessness in Newton Centre, Mass., ranks Texas at the bottom of a state-by-state report card on child homelessness.

Texas had 337,105 homeless children as of 2006, including Hurricane Katrina evacuees, according to the report.

Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Center on Family Homelessness, said Texas lacks long-term planning to aid them.

"Homeless children are invisible. You don't see them. You don't see them walking around the streets. People don't talk about them," she said.

The report did not indicate how North Texas by itself shapes up on child homelessness.

But local experts say the numbers have risen because of the economy. A 2008 count found that there were 1,273 homeless children on any given night in Dallas County, and officials expect that figure to rise due to job losses and foreclosures.

Area schools already have reported dramatic increases in the number of homeless students.

"Women and children are the fastest growing population of homeless nationally and in the Dallas area," said Mike Faenza, president and chief executive officer of the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance. He said the agency has a subcommittee working on a plan to address the issue.

Some local shelters also have seen more homeless families in recent months.

Even wingers can't say that children have earned their sufferings. When they are deprived of care, of education, and of stability, though, the whole society suffers as well.

We are at the end of eight years of the most reckless maltreatment of our working people that has occurred since feudalism. We have a lot of losses - but the children's is the worst.

The adults are back in charge. We never can tolerate this destruction of society, of viable working conditions, again. It is not enough to hope; we have to work for this rational government to succeed, and continue to keep the controls set for public interest policies.

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Blogger john chapman said...

The report by the National Center on Family Homelessness is inaccurate and possibly even irresponsible. This is that report: the report

The Houston Chronicle reports, "Texas is the worst place in the nation for homeless children and the faltering economy will push even more families with little ones into the streets, according to a new report. A study by the National Center on Family Homelessness released Tuesday placed Texas 50th — last of all states — in how homeless children fare."

The numbers were generated between 2005 and 2006 after hurricanes Rita and Katrina caused a spike in homelessnes especially here in Texas.

In Texas children always come first.

The Homeless Observer

12:02 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

If you read the post, you will find that the fact that 2006 figures are a one-time event are accounted for.

12:52 PM  
Blogger john chapman said...

Ruth thank you so much for the article and your comment about my comment.

Their statistics do bother me a bit. Also, is that accounting?

If they want to shoot at Texas they need to improve their accuracy.

If I still missed it, please let me know.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

Actually, wouldn't that homeless figure be larger in LA if it were Katrina that caused it?

Today, you will note, I have a fight club operating in a disabled facility. We can do better than this.

9:37 AM  
Blogger john chapman said...

Ruth, Katrina hit Louisiana not California. You are correct, we can do better. But right now I'm a bit over-loaded.

10:33 AM  
Blogger Ruth said...

sorry, a correction; LA is Louisiana, not Los Angeles.

1:06 PM  
Blogger john chapman said...

We'll try another day. LA as Louisiana is...well...that makes more sense.

thnak you

1:14 PM  

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