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Displaced people living in New York struggling this winter

Displaced people living in New York struggling this winter

Photo from NYC Rescue Mission Blog

The back-to-back winter storms stretch the resources of many, but prove especially challenging to people experiencing homelessness.

New York’s Department of Homeless Services is utilizing it’s Code Blue procedure for the second year in a row, but the demand for clean, safe, and warm shelter is greater than the city can handle on it’s own.

The Guardian writes about the situation New Yorkers face, highlighting the testimony of Kenneth Ricks and the work of the people at New York City Rescue Mission. Ricks is a 51 year old man who lost his job last year before he was involved in an accident which led to the amputation of his foot. After being hospitalized and out of work, he lost his home for the first time in his life, and is struggling to survive the cold.

New York City Rescue Mission is struggling to provide overflow capacity to the overfull city shelters.

From the article:

But a few blocks away at the New York City Rescue Mission, David Chicaguala, the shelter’s chief operating officer, is preparing for a further influx of guests. On Thursday night the shelter was at almost double capacity – 140 people – as the city called a “Code Blue”, meaning shelters were instructed to keep their premises open all day and admit everyone in need, even if that meant going over capacity.

New York City Rescue Mission writes about their work on their blog, ending the entry with a request for help in their ministry.
Are you seeing similar problems in your areas? What can churches and Christians do to help people struggling to find warm places to sleep during deadly low temperature nights?
Posted by David Streever

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Christopher Donald

I would be interested in hearing the justification on why we believe the government should be involved. Personally I would rather see more charitable organizations involved. They are more efficient, and there can be different viewpoints (religious, ethnic cultural organizations) that will be able to provide more to different groups than a government organization. I believe in our Christian duty to help people.. I do not believe that there is 1 and only 1 way to help people.

Frankie Andreu

As a society we are failing. Homelessness is not a marginal issue. It goes to the heart of society, and we are all responsible. Two things need to be done:
The homeless need to have the opportunity to receive shelter, food, and clothing in a dignified and sustained manner.
We need to address the root causes of homelessness, and find solutions.
It is not acceptable that homelessness is largely addressed by charitable organizations. We need full government programs, at all levels, that invest the necessary resources.
We fail ourselves when we fail our neighbor. We are failing miserably as things stand now.

Frankie Andreu

This comment was originally put on “moderation.” After hours it was approved. It remained there for some time. Now it is placed back on “moderation.”
Why? What is wrong with what is said here? How does it in any way violate the rules of this site? Why are not all commentators treated equally? Why does the editor, David Streever, not permit corrections to his own statements when they are shown to be factually wrong?

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