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Category: Homelessness

Dec 31 2020

Homeless Advocates Commandeer Hotel

We will know that civilization is on the verge of collapsing completely when property rights are ignored. From Fife, a suburb of Tacoma, Washington:

On Christmas Eve, a homeless advocacy group booked 16 rooms at the Travelodge Motel at 3518 Pacific Hwy. E. and paid for one night.

But now, the group told the motel’s manager they have no plans to check out, or to pay the bill. …

[V]olunteers from Tacoma Housing Now brought in food and supplies for more than 40 homeless people now occupying the 16 rooms…

The derelicts are cold and poor. Some of them have diseases. Therefore, they have a right to commandeer someone else’s property, in accordance with progressive ideology.

But motel manager Shawn Randhawa, told Fife Police and the City Manager, the motel is a struggling small family business with 10 employees, which was already devastated by the pandemic. When he was told the group refused to pay for their rooms, he told the city manager he may have to pull the plug on the entire business.

One less capitalist to exploit the masses!

“They may have to close up shop because with no revenues coming in, with their margins where they are, they may have to close operations,” said Fife City Manager Hyun Kim. “So, I’m trying to buy some time. It starts with conversations with both sides.”

The occupiers refuse to settle for anything less than permanent free shelter.

Why don’t the police remove the trespassers? This isn’t nearby Seattle, after all.

Fife Police Chief Peter Fisher told KIRO 7 the group is clearly committing theft and criminal trespassing, but the owner has not asked for the group to be forcibly removed.

In the current climate of media-endorsed leftist terrorism (a.k.a. mostly peaceful protests), he may be trying to avoid the place getting burned down.

Why would anyone build a new hotel in a world where the building would only be seized by thugs in the name of moonbattery?

On a tip from R F.

Aug 12 2020

New York City Houses the Homeless in Luxury Hotels

There is no end to the moonbattery that has been facilitated by Wuhan coronavirus, including the expansion of housing the homeless in luxury hotels in New York City:

[A]t least 139 hotels are deemed home to people experiencing homelessness – a sharp rise from the estimated 40 hotels that were used in place of shelters prior to the outbreak of the global pandemic this year. Around 13,000 individuals are believed to be living in such hotels across some of the five boroughs, with most of them transferred from various shelters.

About 20% of NYC hotels are now used as homeless shelters.

Congratulate yourself on your generosity:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to foot at least 75% of the costs of the rooms…

That means you, federal taxpayers. The rest is on New York taxpayers, helping to explain why they have been fleeing the city and the state.

How much money are we talking about?

In 2018, the city spent $364 million on contracts for emergency homeless housing – according to publicly available data – with the invoices ranging anywhere between $150 to $400 per night depending on hotel and location, excluding the cost of meals, social services and other medical and substance abuse-related assistance.

For the money, a high time is had by everybody. Well, maybe not everybody.

A 2018 review by the Department of Investigation also found that “prostitution, drug use, and violence occurred at dozens of hotels that New York City used as shelters for homeless families last year.”

Then there are the pedophiles.

According to a recent New York Post report, the city moved at least six convicted pedophiles – still on parole – into an opulent hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, a mere block from an elementary school playground and thus an apparent violation of state law.

The police are limited in how much they can help. The NYPD’s homeless outreach unit was defunded this year, probably as part of de Blasio’s $1 billion war on police.

On a tip from Chuck A.

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