Care not cash AKA fucking the poor

Peace be with you and happy Beltane

Today’s May day and that means Beltane celebrations and labor struggles. The longshoremen are planning on shutting down every port in California today in their “No Peace, No Work Holiday” to oppose US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan. Rock-on brothers and sisters I support you 100% on this one.

On a sadder note the SF Chronicle today praised Gruesome Newsom’s theft of San Francisco’s poorest resident’s pennies as a “success.” In May of 2004 Newsom reduced homeless General Relief benefits from as much as $410 a month to $59 a month. Newsom then “remov[ed] SRO hotels (where poor people live) from the open market and placing homeless people in them to great media fanfare . . . charg[ed] the homeless for electricity when they sleep on a mat on a shelter floor under the auspices of Care Not Cash, and . . . set aside services for homeless people who make contact with the mayor’s outreach workers rather than any of the dozens of other outreach workers who are out in the streets every single day,” as reported in this San Francisco Bay Guardian article. This claim of success is based on questionable homeless counting practices like not allowing counters in city parks. While the visible homeless are reduced in downtown San Francisco outlying areas like the Mission District are “overflowing with homeless.” Newsom and his bean counters claim that the shift from homeless services to mental health drugs is working, but it is based on leaving homeless precariously housed with less then $2 a day to live on. Affordable housing is housing that costs no more then 33% of one’s income, not 85% from those least able to pay it.

I would be irresponsible not to mention that Humboldt County does the same screwing of General Relief recipients every winter, except in SF one is guaranteed to get housing and in Humboldt it’s more likely a camping ticket.

love eternal
tad

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3 Responses to “Care not cash AKA fucking the poor”

  1. Russ Says:

    SF is playing musical chairs, GA who are the craziest are getting the housing, people who are just getting by are more likely to be homeless. The newly housed drug addicts are turning their places into drug dens, while the newly homeless find themselves in a situation likely to cause despair and anxiety. If there were serious programs to rezone, build more units, and aid relocation to other places, that would be great. Instead, housing people the least likely to change, while causing vulnerable people to become more desperate and thrust into the hard drug using groups of the SF homeless.

  2. kateascot Says:

    I’m disgusted by the way homeless people are treated in the U.S. but because I live in Humboldt I am particularly offended by how few people will actually do anything about what’s going on right here! People care more for animals than they do people here. The non-profit shelter pgms are just in existence so that cities and county can get CDBG grants and most of the employees care so little for the people that are the reason they have a job that it sickens me.
    I virtually have no hope that any type of government can help poor people in this county. Times are getting harder and if I’m reading the signs of the times well we’re headed for some ugly days and nights on the streets! It will take a change of heart for people to care and only God knows how that will be accomplished! God help us!

  3. tad Says:

    Peace be with you kateascot

    Your so right. It’s funny how much people today compare the economy to the 1930s. “We haven’t seen these trends since the 1930s,” they say. Does anyone remember what was happening in this country in the 30s. Let’s see depression, fascism, deregulation, and lots of human misery. Even so-called social workers are talking like the Nazis did in the 30s.

    People realize how precarious their own situations are, yet they believe the hype about mental health causing homelessness not deregulation. “Care not cash” programs are taking food out of the mouths of the hungered and putting it into the bank accounts of pharmaceutical corporations, and high paid social workers. Humboldt county is an experimental mental health county trying to replace lumber jobs with mental health jobs.

    love eternal
    tad

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