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Mitsi Wagner
on Mar 28, 2012

Daniel Kerr, author of Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland Ohio, says that homelessness is not caused by the homeless, as most of society believes. Let's explore this concept.

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on 2014-08-20T20:24:39+00:00
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Mitsi Wagner
on Apr 04, 2012
"Thank you for your response.  I will check out the link you have provided."
Nancy Reeves
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"This looks interesting - it isn't directly responsive to the "cause" question, but it suggest an..."

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Mitsi Wagner - 2014-08-20T20:24:39+00:00 - "Daniel Kerr, author of Derelict Paradise: Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland Ohio,..."

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Nancy Reeves
on Apr 03, 2012 - 11:22 pm

This looks interesting - it isn't directly responsive to the "cause" question, but it suggest an integrated approach to a solution (without blaming the homeless)

 

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Mitsi Wagner
on Apr 04, 2012

Thank you for your response.  I will check out the link you have provided.

 
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Mitsi Wagner
on Mar 28, 2012 - 10:33 am

I've worked with and known homeless people for over 40 years, on the Near West Side of Cleveland.  Homeless people and the larger society often blame homeless people for their homelessness.  Daniel Kerr, author of "Derelict Paradise:  Homelessness and Urban Development in Cleveland, Ohio", explains that there are economic forces that actually benefit from homelessness, and thus ,in a sense "cause" homelessness. 

 

I'm going to read Kerr's book.  I need to know more about this idea.  And, having learned more, I want the larger society to know more, so that people who blame the homeless for their situation can begin to understand who actually profits from the existence  of homeless people in society.

 

On today's Sound of Ideas program on WCPN 90.3, Kerr pointed out that homlessless peole are often hired for punchpress jobs through day labor agencies, which pay, after fees are taken out, less than minimum wage.  You can't pay rent with a job that pays less than minimum wage.  He comments that, in the 1950's, punch press jobs paid people enough to allow them to finance buying a house.

 

So, let's explore this.  What'sup?