The point of my post below (since I have to explain these things) is that liberal policies bring about the very conditions against which liberals rail. In the post below, it’s income disparity (worse now, they claim, than when Obama took office nearly five years ago).
What’s even worse than income disparity in America?
Record numbers of homeless families are overwhelming the state’s emergency shelter system, filling motel rooms at the cost to taxpayers of tens of millions of dollars a year.
An average of nearly 2,100 families a night — an all-time high — were temporarily housed in motel rooms in October, just about equaling the number of families in emergency shelters across the state, according to be the state Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.
The demand for shelter is so great that the state has been temporarily sending homeless families from Boston to motels in Western Massachusetts, although state officials said many have been relocated back again, closer to home.
Aaron Gornstein, the undersecretary for housing, said the surge has followed cuts in state and federal housing subsidies, soaring rents in Greater Boston, and still-high rates of unemployment and underemployment, particularly among lower-income workers.
“The state as a whole has recovered from the Great Recession faster than most other states, but in many ways we’re still struggling,” Gornstein said.
Give the Globe credit for at least providing eye candy!
Hmm, she doesn’t sound homeless to me. Too bad, I would have offered a warm bed. Half of one, anyway.
But back to my point. This is Boston—as hardline liberal an enclave within the liberal enclave of Massachusetts within the liberal enclave of New England as exists. And we did better during hard times than the rest of the country.
A recent report from the Department of Housing and Urban Development said the number of homeless people in shelters and living on the streets in Massachusetts has risen 14 percent since 2010 to nearly 20,000 in January 2013, even as homelessness has declined nationally.
The mayor is a Democrat. The governor is a Democrat. The city council, state house, and state senate are overwhelmingly Democrat.
Felicita Diaz’s family — her mother, 20-year-old sister, and 11-year-old brother — moved to an EconoLodge in Northborough for three weeks this fall after the housing subsidy for their Dorchester apartment ended.
Diaz, 18, a freshman at UMass Boston, said she took the commuter rail to get to her first day of college and then stayed with friends so she could attend classes and keep her job in the admissions office. But her 11-year-old brother missed about three weeks of school because the family could not afford the daily $9 fare to and from Boston on the commuter rail. Her mother had to quit her English as a Second Language classes because of the distance.
The family has temporarily moved to an apartment in Chelsea, continuing to hunt for affordable housing. Diaz’s brother is back in school, but her mother will have to wait until spring to enroll again in English classes.
“It’s been really hard,” Diaz said.
Someone needs a hug. And relief from Democrats.