Saturday, October 1, 2011

Panhandling and homelessness are different

The SF Chron's C.W. Nevius continues with his tin ear on homelessness. This morning he's equating homelessness with panhandling. Look, homelessness is a status, panhandling is an activity, sometimes a profession. Many homeless people despise panhandling. Some panhandlers are housed. What is complicated about this? And what on earth does he think panhandling has to do with the separately problematic Care Not Cash housing program?

And then how dare he take on faith the claim by a professional homeless-rouster who works for a "business improvement district" that "it is impossible to be hungry here"? Food, I agree, is easier to come by than housing in SF, but if it's "impossible to be hungry here" why does the very same newspaper report huge lines with fights breaking out at San Francisco Food Bank distribution sites?

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