I read this in the New Your Times
What? Did that shock you? I think it is good that the New York Shelter System is empowering the shelters to evict families who are using emergency shelters as permanet homes when the families refuse permanent housing offered to them and are not abiding by shelter rules such as keeping a healthy activie case with the Welfare department.
Families who are not attempting to end their homelessness are damaging to the shelter system, to the psyche of other families, set a dangerous precident for the other families and defeat the purpose of the shelters.
A SHELTER is NOT permanent housing and tenants needs to ensure that they don’t stop there for too long. Do NOT get good at being homeless.
Is it humiliating to sign in and sign out of a shelter – possibly, but for insurance purposes we need to know who is in the building.
Is it anoying not to be able to smoke iside the shelter? Possibly – but suck it up – a family shelter doesn’t need to expose little kids to second hand smoke.
You have the right to bear arms – but not in a homeless shleter. How do you plan to keep your gun safe and secure from other people and children. There is no room for a Gun safe in most shelters. Come on, it’s a bad idea.
Seriously – are yu going to complain because you can not have illegal drugs on you? seriously?
None of the 28 reasons the NY Shelters might use to evict your family are unreasonable, and it is up to the case manager’s judgement. No family will be removed from a shelter when it is too cold to survive outside.
Remember that using a shelter may be nessisary but no one is forcing you to use it and other families want your space.
Legal Aid is having a field day with this concept- but I say we ask people to understand, accept and be accountable for themselves, the rules they agree to live with and their actions. We don’t have alot of shelters – they need to be used properly and going crazy with customer service may bring a short term smile because it seems like the nice thing to do – but Tough Love is much kinder in the long run.