Tuesday, April 19, 2005


A model for San Antonio?

Let's hope not. For L.A. homeless: a gym, movies, and hair salon.

Now, I suppose Patti Radle, Susan Ives and company will jack up their estimate for our own Homeless Resort to match.

One nice thing is that the article includes a lot of negative comment from people who realize building such monstrosities is not about helping the homeless in the long term.
"Since the late 1980s, America has built a mammoth infrastructure of shelters and the number of homeless has gone up, not down. It's a bit of the if-you-build-it-they-will-come phenomenon at work," says Nan Roman, president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness. As Ms. Roman and other national officials see it, the lack of affordable housing is what needs to be addressed.
And note the population count for the homeless in Los Angeles:
The shelter is the city's latest effort to address one of its most visible and resistant social problems: the more than 6,000 people who live on the streets.
Is there anything more ridiculous than the estimate of 25,169 homeless in San Antonio? Any sane person knows there aren't even that many tourists downtown on a given night. But it allows the usual suspects to piously pontificate about how miserly the taxpayers of San Antonio are, in terms of funding per homeless person.
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