Chicago official: Homeless should take cabs to get to shelter

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    It could be a long winter for the homeless in the Windy City following the layoffs of 24 bus drivers who took street people to emergency shelters during overnight hours.

    But a city bureaucrat’s offer of a possible alternative was perhaps colder than the bitter nights that lie ahead for the city’s homeless.

    “Public transportation, cabs,” Evelyn Diaz, head of the city’s Department of Family and Support Services, told a reporter who asked about possible fallback options, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.

    When the reporter pointed out that homeless people generally can’t splurge for taxi rides, Diaz ignored the scribe, the paper reported.

    The layoffs went into effect this summer. The paper reported that the moves followed a $2.4 million cut in state funding to the city that forced Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cut expenses.

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    Economy leaves too many children without a home...
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    Homeless children at record high in US. Can the trend be reversed?
    December 13, 2011 : One out of every 45 children – some 1.6 million – is homeless, according to a report released Tuesday. That number surpasses the one set after hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
     
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    Maybe they could hitchhike?
     
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    My parents suffered through the Great Depression and barely avoided becoming homeless. They told stories about bread lines, soup kitchens and the Bellvue Hospital (New York City) morgue wagon that picked up frozen corpses from doorways and alleys on winter mornings. So these cab stories seem like imminent deja vu to those of us old enough to have links to parents who lived through it and talked about it.

    One thing my father talked about was the sharp contrast in economic status. It seemed that half the population was flat broke and hurting while the other half was doing just fine and appeared oblivious to the plight of the impoverished. Based on things I've read, heard and seen (e.g., a local tent city) that situation exists today but the awareness factor is more prevalent today because American society is far more alienated today than it was in the thirties, mainly because of television and increasing social isolation. Back then people had more contact with others because of the relative lack of electronic diversions and the effects of class consciousness and obsessively competitive consumerism.

    There is no doubt in my mind that were it not for Social Security and Medicare there would be many more homeless, sick and helpless seniors living on the streets today.
     
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    Reminds me of another politician who said: "Let them eat cake."
     

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