>Homelessness is not a crime

August 31, 2010 § Leave a comment

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I’m disappointed in the hipsters of Greenpoint. Not all of them, but a growing handful. I’ve been following a local blog, which shall remain nameless, to learn about news and events in my neighborhood. Yesterday this local blog, among other sites posted a plea to prevent a 200 bed homeless shelter from opening in Greenpoint. I’m sickened by the hyperbolic reaction by my neighbors. How quickly we comfortably gentrify a neighborhood, and panic when space is made for people who cannot afford to gentrify in the same way. A common language of criminalizing homelessness, poverty, and mental illness is bringing some people of Brooklyn together. Winter is coming; people need a place to sleep. The recession is real. What makes any of us deserve housing over anyone else?

(Note: picture taken in Brooklyn, but not related to location of proposed homeless shelter)

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