NIMBYs, Ruining Everything as Always

When you only have 4,000 people in the project room key hotels but you had a goal of getting 20,000 people into hotels, you have to ask some serious questions.

do we not actually have 20,000 homeless people?

Well yes we do.

do they not want to go into housing or shelter of any kind?

Well yes they do.

Do we have hotels and places to temporarily shelter homeless individuals and families?

Well yes we do.

The cities and neighborhoods where a lot of homeless people are staying, are they wanting people off of the streets?

Well yes they do.

So what’s the problem?

Nobody wants to have the homeless people sheltered near them. And this is crazy because homeless individuals who are unsheltered are a greater public health risk than people who have access to important things like:

  • Soap
  • Water
  • Indoor plumbing
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • A safe place to sleep

Especially right now, in the middle of a pandemic which has killed over 200,000 People living on American soil, you would want to reduce the public health risk.

Homeless individuals don’t have access to masks, or clean masks. They tend to live in groups or as we like to call them because it sounds fancy, encampments. In these little neighborhoods of tents and boxes and sleeping bags there is no social distancing. If one member of this group gets Covid-19 then everybody else is at an extraordinary risk of also catching it. These are people who don’t have health insurance and who are afraid of authorities and may not go to the hospital. But if they are encamped next to where you are eating sleeping or walking then you are being exposed to all the germs that they are exposed to. They can’t isolate. They can’t quarantine.

You really want everybody to be in a place where they can close a door and have a separate airflow from you.

You don’t know who’s living in all the houses around you and you don’t know the character of the people staying in your local hotels and hotels. Having access to the information that people who are exceptionally poor are living in a building near to you should not scare you. No one’s telling you to go live there too. At this moment in time you are as much a threat to them as they are to you. Okay, this is always true.

Not having money does not make you a bad person or a bad neighbor. It means you’re unable to pay for your own shelter or housing.

https://www.latimes.com/homeless-housing/story/2020-09-22/homeless-coronavirus-kern-county-bakersfield-project-roomkey?fbclid=IwAR1dNU_M8XWg4vivd4UkUMTNEghPUMtJdhWc-vuVZU1s8V9G_DQH94JEgns. Read this ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤🤍♥️

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