米国西海岸でホームレスが急増: ずくなしの冷や水

2017年11月06日

米国西海岸でホームレスが急増

FARSNEWS2017/11/6
Report: Homeless Crisis Hits US West Coast
TEHRAN (FNA)- Reports said that the homeless crisis is rocking the entire West Coast of the United States, pushing abject poverty into the open like never before.

Public health is at risk, several cities have declared states of emergency, and cities and counties are spending millions of dollars, in some cases billions, in a search for solutions, presstv reported.

In Seattle, housing prices are soaring thanks to the tech industry, but the boom comes with a consequence, a surge in homelessness marked by 400 unauthorized tent camps in parks, under bridges, on road medians and along busy sidewalks and dozens of campers lining streets around the city.

That struggle is not Seattle's alone. A homeless crisis of unprecedented proportions is rocking the West Coast, and its victims are being left behind by the very things that mark the region's success: soaring housing costs, rock-bottom vacancy rates and a roaring economy that waits for no one. All along the coast, elected officials are scrambling for solutions, according to the AP findings.

"I've got economically zero unemployment in my city, and I've got thousands of homeless people that actually are working and just can't afford housing," said Seattle City Councilman Mike O'Brien. "There's nowhere for these folks to move to. Every time we open up a new place, it fills up."

The rising numbers of homeless people have pushed abject poverty into the open like never before and have overwhelmed cities and nonprofits.

San Diego now scrubs its sidewalks with bleach to counter a deadly hepatitis A outbreak that has spread to other cities and forced California to declare a state of emergency last month. In Anaheim, home to Disneyland, 400 people sleep along a bike path in the shadow of Angel Stadium. Organizers in Portland lit incense at a recent outdoor food festival to cover up the stench of urine in a parking lot where vendors set up shop.

A new study funded by the real estate information firm Zillow and conducted by the University of Washington found a strong link between rising housing prices and rising homelessness numbers. A 5 percent rent increase in Los Angeles, for example, would mean about 2,000 more homeless people there, the authors said.

Nationally, homelessness has been trending down, partly because governments and nonprofit groups have gotten better at moving people into housing. That's true in many West Coast cities, too, but the flow the other direction is even faster. And on the West Coast, shelter systems are smaller.

"If you have a disability income, you make about $9,000 a year and renting a studio in Seattle is about $1,800 a month and so that's twice your income," said Margaret King, director of housing programs for DESC, a nonprofit that works with Seattle's homeless.

"So everybody who was just hanging on because they had cheap rent, they're losing that ... and they wind up outside. It's just exploded."

Nowhere is that more evident than California's Silicon Valley, where high salaries and a tight housing market have pushed rent out of reach for thousands. In ever-shifting communities of the homeless, RVs and cars cluster by the dozens in the city where Google built its global headquarters and just blocks from Stanford University.

Ellen Tara James-Penney, a lecturer at San Jose State University, has been sleeping out of a car for about a decade, ever since she lost her housing while an undergraduate at the school where she now teaches four English courses, a job that pays $28,000 a year. Home is an old Volvo.

"I've basically been homeless since 2007, and I'm really tired," she said. "Really tired."
posted by ZUKUNASHI at 22:59| Comment(1) | 国際・政治
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アメリカ 西海岸のホームレスが増加中との記事を読みましたが、
カナダのバンクーバーでも、以前より多くのホームレスをダウンタウンで見かけるようになりました。

こちらも、賃貸空き物件がほとんど、ゼロに近く ここ数年 お家賃は天井知らず。
アメリカより社会保障制度がカナダは整備されており、それも増加の一因になっていると
現地の人から声がでております。
実は、1カ月ほど前 私の飼っているトイプードルをつれて、町を散歩しておりましたら、
突然 ピットブルと言う種類の犬が襲ってきました。私のプードルは 足を縫う怪我、ピットブルのオーナーはホームレスで 足早に逃走。 私が獣医師のお金を支払う羽目になりました。
最近、バンクーバーのホームレスが犬を飼っているのを以前より見かけるようになりました。
聞いたところによりますと、犬を飼っていると 社会保障の特別手当がホームレスに出るそうです。今まで、メンタルが弱い人がホームレスになる場合があるので 気の毒と思っておりましたが、所変われば品変わるで、悪知恵の働く人間が多々いることを 学ばされました。
ホームレスの簡易宿泊所が バンクーバーは 整っているほうなので、一般市民に迷惑を
かけないで欲しいのが、本音となりました。 
Posted by ショコラ at 2017年11月08日 07:24
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