Helter-Shelter

The Mayor Wants the NYPD to Arrest the Homeless. Ever Been There?

imageGordie L'Dera
Age60
Resides Bronx
Occupation Administrative assistant

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?I'm old enough to remember when they opened the hospitals and kicked everyone out. My husband predicted that soon we would be stepping over corpses and he was right. I think the mayor is an egotistical pig.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?I haven't been, but we were housing activists in East Harlem in the '80s and a lot of the people we worked with were homeless.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?We lived in Pennsylvania during the oil crisis, and we were so poor that we had to buy heating oil in individual five-gallon containers to keep our children warm.


imageTeresa Thomas
Age25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Actress

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?It's typical Giuliani. All he can think about is sweeping people under the bridge. He's incapable of dealing with the human aspect of this.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?No, but I've been close.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?After a breakup, I was literally left with nothing because my boyfriend had been supporting me.


imageRobert BobÉ
Ageover 48
Resides Carpenter
Occupation Support-services manager

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested? He's doing it because he's running for the Senate. If the woman who was hit on the head had been black or Hispanic, he wouldn't have made such a fuss.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless? Not me personally, but I know people.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?I've seen myself without a job and having to move from a six-room apartment to one single room. I've lost my family. But right now, I'm getting it together.


imageRegina Kamal
Age21
Resides Queens
Occupation Waitress

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?It's awful. His policies contradict themselves—you can't be outside because you're supposed to be in a shelter and you can't be in the shelter if you don't have a job.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?I left home at 16. I've lived in shelters and I've lived on the street.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?When I came to New York, I had nothing and I didn't know anyone, but I finally got it together. I hate to see the city becoming a place where people can't do that.


imageJames Chan
Ageover 21
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Writer

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?The mayor tends to be punitive at times, but in fact a lot of the people he's having picked up are dangerous.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?No, but I've gotten close.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?Probably when I bounced a check and extended my debt.


imageStephanie Posner
Age53
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Activist

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?He scares me because crime may be down, but it has been brought about at great cost to our civil liberties.

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?Yes. Despite everything you're hearing, you can still get into a shelter.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?I was living in a home and am now in transitional housing where, thank God, I have my own room with a bed and a shower and a roof over my head.


imageForris Page
Ageover 21
Resides Queens
Occupation Maintenance

What do you think about the mayor having the homeless arrested?Instead of locking them up, he should get them a job so they can get a place in the shelter. This morning I watched the cops tear down a whole village of cardboard houses. For what?

Have you or has anyone you know ever been homeless?No, but if you take the time to speak to some homeless people, you realize they're smart and just down on their luck.

What's the worst financial situation you've ever found yourself in?I sold my own blood for money.

 
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