Who is Responsible for the Homeless?

Viaduct Eviction Date Approaches

You may have noticed that Uptown Tent City Wilson and Lawrence viaduct residents have an eviction date of September 18, 2017. Of the approximately 75 viaduct residents, one can glean from Alderman Cappleman, the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS), and other City of Chicago press releases and communications, that the City is going to use the 19 unused housing spots from the original pilot program (yes they lied about how many were housed in the pilot, even abused those who dared speak true facts). From the same sources, one gets the strong impression that the rest can go to shelters.

Is this realistic or abandoning responsibility?

Many viaduct residents are not a good fit for the types of shelter space available. They have health needs, relationship needs, pet needs… the list goes on in ways that shelters would not be appropriate for.

Other than those, a portion have been banned from shelters. While many, if not most, homeless experience their status through no fault of their own, others to some degree, experience it as a consequence of their own actions. Some just refuse to be in shelters.

Homelessness is a very complex issue

Here are some questions. I encourage everyone, whether anti- or pro-homeless-rights to post more questions and their answers/opinions on this post’s -original- Facebook share comments sections:

https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity/posts/1357702974338934
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownTentCity/permalink/1471083802983718

Do the homeless have rights to be housed?

With or without caveats?

By the City? By non-profit organizations? By activists? By individuals?

Is there a responsibility to house people who experience homelessness due to even in small part their own actions?

Do the City, society and individuals have a responsibility to house felons and sex offenders?

If your answer is no, do you have a right to complain when they camp wherever?

Is ‘they should be in shelters’ an honest answer when at the same time you oppose necessary expansion of the shelters?

Do the homeless have a right to live on Chicago’s northside or the neighborhood of their choice?

Are property values more important than the value of human beings?

Do aesthetic “rights” trump human rights?

Do campaign donations trump resident status?

Do homeless substance abusers have the same rights as housed substance abusers?

Is homelessness a reasonable punishment for rule breaking?

Without trial and conviction?

Can you still be a Democrat and do nothing for the poor and homeless, including those that need healthcare?

What are your questions, answers and opinions?

Again, I encourage everyone, whether anti- or pro-homeless-rights to post more questions and their answers/opinions on this post’s -original- Facebook share comments sections:

https://www.facebook.com/UptownTentCity/posts/1357702974338934
https://www.facebook.com/groups/UptownTentCity/permalink/1471083802983718

Thanks!
-Yehuda

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