Saturday, November 22, 2008

If New York City is asking for a bailout from the Federal government, how could they do something so stupid? is reporting:

NEW YORK (CBS) ― City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop
providing beds to homeless people. With temperatures well below freezing
early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based
shelters to be open at least five days a week -- or not at all. Arnold
Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as
a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.He
said hundreds of people now won't have a place to sleep.The Department of
Homeless Services said the city offers other shelters with the capacity to
accept all those who have been sleeping in the churches. The city had 8,000 beds
waiting. Last year, four unsheltered homeless people died in the city
during cold weather, so three dozen emergency outreach teams were prepped to
respond to reports of homeless people outdoors or in the subways. "We really
don't want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want
people sleeping in beds," said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.The homeless
can be coaxed indoors but not forced unless their life is in danger.

I have a dumb question: if a church only can help the homeless one or two nights a week and the city is in such dire straits as to beg for money, why would the city government tell churches not to help? It is almost as ignorant as taking private jets to a Congressional hearing to beg for money. But what do I know, I'm not a close-to-the-fort-politician


Lewis Burwell said...

Government is rapidly taking over every other aspect of our lives, why not charitable contributions as well? I wonder what those who donate money to those churches would say about this...

jagwio said...

No that's just back-asswards.