The World Socialist Web Site has reported that over 50,000 people are living in shelters in New York City for the first time in history. The March 7 report admitted that the 50,000 figure does not include the additional thousands who are entirely homeless. How should cities and towns respond to this expanding issue?
In Wind at my Back, transients and the homeless were constant visitors of New Bedford. The town had mixed opinions of these unwanted guests. Some citizens blamed the homeless for the increased crime rate, others did their best to try to help those who were down on their luck.
I encourage you to read this unsettling article. I’m not sure what the correct response is, but we need to be aware of the issue.