The numbers of families, veterans, single elderly men and women, children and runaway youth were never fully served within the District of Columbia. The little that did exist is being cut significantly and the advocates who once stood up against DC’s grievous inequity, have long since exhausted themselves climbing the upMOUNTAIN battle with the dysfunctional local government.
The economy has caused many business closures and now it appears that the shelters and other housing facilities that were promised by the Fenty administration will be closed too. Instead of upholding his election promises and serving the homeless community to the hilt, Mayor Fenty has opted to cut the legs out from under anyone who may have used the transitional living facilities as an opportunity to get back on their feet. Financial, mental, emotional and even academic recuperation is often needed for individuals who have never met economic thrive but seek to improve their lives and means of accessing a livelihood.
Here again we are faced with governments strong arming individuals into living in survival mode. DC is currently the leading city with the number of HIV/AIDS cases in the NATION. Many refuse to acknowledge that a large contributor of the issue is that residents (sexual deviants included) and some DMVers (DC MD & VA transients), are making a living by exacting survival sex to get the money necessary to make it in this very costly metropolis!
“At a time when so many people are struggling and becoming homeless, it’s irresponsible of the District government to cut lifesaving services to people who are homeless,” said Amber W. Harding, a staff attorney for the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. “If these deep cuts result in D.C. residents going without shelter this winter, not only will residents suffer, but the District will be in violation of its legal obligation to provide shelter during severe weather and may incur significant costs for resulting damages.”
If governments continue to drop care for their most ailing clients, then the needs of those clients spill into the streets and into communities. That’s just the way it works.