Media and Homelessness …

by on September 5, 2007


Bravo on your article, “Media Deserves Blame for Homelessness” (September 4). We homeless activists have been saying for years that homelessness will never be ended simply by changing individual behavior or by blaming the homeless. As you point out, we need to address the structural causes of homelessness, i.e, the de-funding of federal affordable housing programs in the United States since the early 1980s.

Those in the media who plan to write or speak about this country’s homeless problem first should be required to read “Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness and Policy Failures” (2006) by the Western Regional Advocacy Project, and your “The Activist’s Handbook.”

We have spent $448.7+ billion in our Iraq misadventure. With this money, it is estimated that 4,040,189 housing units could have been built in the United States. Let the media start pointing the finger at the federal government where it belongs and demand that Congress increase funding for public housing.

Judi Iranyi, LCSW
San Francisco, CA

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