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Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Ms Farha as a person who works with this population there are many reasons that some have not been able to be assisted; one being trying to help people who have mental health issue get treated so that they can find housing etc. My question to Ms Farha where will we help these people find housing that they can afford with no jobs. You say in a rich state like California seems to imply that everyone in California has money which is very untrue. Many who have places to live in California are just barely making it themselves. Although there are companies that are making lots of money these are the same companies that now will be getting big tax breaks but that will not be helping any homeless person. We need many ideas on how to solve this issue.

Posted by Lynne Wilkins on 01/23/2018 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

It was an awesome, joyful march on a beautiful day, with Oakland and our diverse East Bay communities at their best!

Posted by Nancy_in_Berkeley on 01/23/2018 at 9:01 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

I am a 12 year old at Urban Promise Academy ,this is a important because
coal can create Asthma , which has Lead ,which is poisonous.No Coal in
Oakland !

Posted by Tanaya Patton on 01/23/2018 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Opinion: The Youth Shall Inherit the Coal

This article was very interesting I agree that coal should banned.

Posted by Alicia Argueta on 01/23/2018 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

This is fantastic! Thank you to all who came out. Time for a BLUE TSUNAMI in November!

Posted by Native Californian Local on 01/23/2018 at 12:56 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is happening everywhere. It's a problem of GREED and of AirBnBs and cost of living rising while pay isn't. To the people who suggest that homeless move somewhere else where they can afford it... S#$w YOU! Many people who are down on their luck have lived here all their lives and truly have nowhere else to go. You can't just tell people that. It's not as simple as that. There needs to be caps on rents, more buildings converted into housing, and an attitude of a little more tolerance toward the homeless. I walk a thin line, myself, from being in my apartment and on the street. Constantly in fear that if I get sick or cannot work for whatever reason I'll be out. It's a crisis of epic porportions. The rich get richer. There needs to be some solution, and I don't know what it could be.

Posted by Native Californian Local on 01/23/2018 at 12:52 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I live in Humboldt County and the problem up here is awful. The people in this town are very hateful towards the homeless and addicts that are on our street. The homeless in our town are beat and even set on fire on a regular basis. Not treated like humans, not even treated as well as animals, but treated like trash! People just want them to go away, but they don't want to help them.

Posted by Collee J Earlhart on 01/23/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

seize empty houses that are currently used as investments and put people in them. stop allowing homes to be sold to wall street and investors who dont even live in the county/state/country. make housing a right

Posted by Derek Prine on 01/23/2018 at 9:49 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Homelessness has exploded in California since 1991 due to the passing of "fast track eviction" laws. Renting is not a road to buying a home. Families can be evicted in forty days and their credit reports are ruined if they contest eviction. The callousness towards homeless people here is unbearable.

Posted by Donna Deiss on 01/23/2018 at 3:41 AM
Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Voices from Saturday’s Women’s March in Oakland

I CAN'T wait to see what she thinks of San Diego!

Posted by Mark Sheetz on 01/22/2018 at 8:02 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I lived in Oakland from 2012 until 2015 When I got there I was amazed at the homeless situation I am an east coaster that moved from the Midwest . The tolerance is very high there. Im in Seattle now and I feel its worse here, I went back to Oakland in 2016 it seemed like there were less homeless or just not as visable... I used to take the freeway to Alameda and drove by all the tents under the bridge Its seem to just be status quo as the young people drink their Starbucks coffee have their food delivered by Amazon and Uber around everywhere. The food banks here though are amazing ... donation by Whole Foods aka Amazon Trader Joes and Local farmers market... its easy to get SNAP food assistance and Apple health Aka Medicaid in Washington state too. I feel the housing is just as expensive if not more here!!! I want to go back to Oakland but not sure I can even afford a room there... the whole crisis is just awful we need mental institutions again I have seen the craziest shit since living in Seattle mentally ill and drug addicts out of their minds!!

Posted by Karen Wagner on 01/22/2018 at 6:54 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I wonder what criteria is needed to seize property by eminent domain. I see so many abandoned buildings in disrepair in Oakland-or just vacant because no one can afford to rent-couldn't these properties be seized and converted into affordable housing?

Posted by LBELL on 01/22/2018 at 5:48 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

I too am a bay area native... My people came to California from the dust bowl; Picked fruit and cotton in the central valley and dealt with "sundown towns"... Okies.

For most of my life, I couldn't afford to live in Oakland, San Francisco or any of the other cool parts of the bay area. No city had an obligation to find me housing in the places I wanted to live. It was my responsibility to find a place I could afford, just as it was for "my people".

I've lived on the streets of Oakland. I didn't like it and I hustled my butt off to get out of that situation. Not everyone can do that. Many that I knew when I was on the streets do need help. Mental health help, substance abuse help, education. No amount of food or warehousing will do that, but that's all the "activists" call for.... Get 'em off the streets where we can't see 'em.

Yes, it's a social problem... The problem is that as a society, education isn't valued... Athletic prowess, popularity, notoriety and the ability to scream are valued above all else.

Until THAT changes, nothing will and people will be trapped as minimum wage slaves.

Posted by Bruce Ferrell on 01/22/2018 at 3:29 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Clara and Erik both have it right I think. This is not an issue that can be resolved at the local level. This is a state-level or even multi-state/national problem.

California's major cities are left-leaning, have mild-climates, and are compassionate. These attributes and the services that they offer render them homeless beacons. We're struggling not just with our own ever-mounting locally-sourced homeless problem from the rising cost of living, but we're also struggling under the weight of the greater part of the nations' homelessness.

The irony here is that our cities' compassion and services strains the resources available to help the homeless.

Meanwhile, there was the court case proving that Nevada intentionally ships their homeless population to California on buses. They aren't the only place that does this.

All of this strains city resources, rendering west-coast cities less capable of providing assistance. It's not sustainable or reasonable to expect the major west coast cities to handle the full brunt of the nations homelessness problem.

San Francisco's services do a pretty good job I think. They invest an incredible amount of money, and have a pretty good turnover rate getting people back into housing situations and employment. But they're fighting against constant influx.

I think a comprehensive regional funding solution is needed, so that the most compassionate cities are not punished for providing more services (and thus disproportionately attracting more people seeking said services).

Posted by Sid Grabosky on 01/22/2018 at 3:13 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is a social crisis and people like "Bay Area Native" suggesting people with low paying jobs should just move somewhere cheaper isn't helping. This is called "I got mine, f*ck the rest." I assume "Bay Area Native" doesn't frequent such places as bars, cafes, grocery stores, retail stores, restaurants, etc whose employees mostly rely on minimum wage and tips. Should low wage workers all be bussed in from Alabama to work in SF?

Posted by Vincent Blafard on 01/22/2018 at 12:24 PM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

For the person who suggested moving: If you are homeless, do you think you have the resources for a major move? or travel, at all? And once there, salaries are also lower, not just cost of living, and the weather conditions are much more severe, making sleeping outside potentially fatal. This latter reason is why many disabled folks as well as homeless are here in the first place; we have accessibility and relatively mild weather.

Posted by Kimberly Vergez on 01/22/2018 at 11:46 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

The western states need to work together to come up with a strategy and budget that will house and care for people?
The western electorate needs to recognize that unrestrained population growth is not a good thing for the people. It does enrich the rent seekers, though.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/22/2018 at 11:23 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

This is not just a problem in California, it goes all the way up I-5. Cities can not adequately address this issue on their own. The western states need to work together to come up with a strategy and budget that will house and care for people who have no options left but to camp out all the way from San Diego to Seattle.

Posted by Clara 1 on 01/22/2018 at 11:12 AM

Re: “United Nations Expert Describes Oakland and California's Homeless Crisis as 'Cruel'

Even during the so-called Great Depression, homelessness in Oakland was not a major issue. Pipe City only lasted six months. What is different today? Population, the word no one dare mention.

Posted by Erik Kengaard on 01/22/2018 at 8:55 AM

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