I spoke with one individual about the homeless situation last year and they suggested that we should be careful in that “if we built it, they will come”. Their point was that no matter how big of a shelter is built, it will always be full. The article today sort of supported that view – we attract homeless. The statistical profile was interesting, but seemed to leave out one key metric that relates to the concept of we attract homeless, where are the folks from and how did they arrive in Manhattan?
Wishing the homeless would just disappear is no kind of solution. That’s what the individual you spoke to was implying, and your comments have a whiff of that as well. It doesn’t matter how people without homes “got” here. I agree with Hadley that it’s not likely MHK attracts homeless. It’s a small town with a police force that is more than willing to ask why you’re in the park at 1:00 AM, there’s extreme weather conditions, only recently did we get very limited public transport, and a lot of people who don’t believe in helping the unfortunate live here.
You speak of us working as a community, but homelessness isn’t a mere community-level thing. It’s a nationwide problem. Manhattan CAN do its small part to help this bigger problem by helping the homeless in our community. Jobs, social services, homes, training, support, it’s all important, and almost all of it would be used by the non-homeless as well.