Pictures from the streets
The Street Lawyer
by John Grisham
"They rarely go straight to the shelters.
At first, they'll go to their families, then friends. The strain
enormous because their families and friends also
have subsidized housing, and their leases restrict
the number of people who can live in one unit.
They're forced to violate their leases, which can lead
to eviction. They move around, sometimes
they leave a kid with this sister and a kid with that friend.
Things go from bad to worse. A lot of homeless
people are afraid of the shelters, and they are
desperate to avoid them...Not all shelters are
good. There have been assaults, robberies, even
Take a guy living on the streets, in
and out of shelters, working somewhere for minimum wage,
trying his best to step up and become self-sufficient.
Then gets arrested for sleeping under a
bridge. He does not want to be sleeping
under a bridge, but everybody's got to sleep somewhere.
He's guilty because the city council, in its
brilliance, has made it a crime to be homeless...
"Wouldn't they be better off in jail?"
"Have you been to jail lately?"
"Don't go. Cops are not trained to deal
with the homeless, especially the mentally ill and the
addicts. The jails are overcrowded.
The criminal justice system is a nightmare to begin with,
and persecuting the homeless only clogs it more.
And here's the asinine part: It cost twenty-five
percent more per day to keep a person in jail
than to provide shelter, food, transportation, and
"TRUTH IS LIKE A TORCH...
FROM IT WE SHIELD OUR EYES
FOR FEAR OF BEING BURNED"
in the sand
Their Own Words
and words from the streets
Sins of the Fathers
Down and out
ongoing saga of the homeless
Foster Lack of Care