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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Housing the Homeless

For John, BLUFI don't see this story get any better if we provide medical care for all.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

With homelessness rising and shelter beds scarce, healthcare facilities are accused of abandoning people in Skid Row following treatment

From The Guardian, by Ms Carla Green (@carlaflou), 4 May 2018 (Yes, nine months old, but still current).

Here is the lede plus two:

Two days before Valentine’s Day, Santiago Tarver collapsed at a homeless women’s center in Los Angeles’s Skid Row.  He lay on the ground convulsing as staff members called an ambulance, which took Tarver to a public hospital about three miles away.

“I didn’t expect to see him for a couple days,” said Spencer Coats, a medical social worker at the women’s center.

But just a couple of hours later, Tarver, a transgender 28-year-old, was back.  Although he was still disoriented from the medication he’d been given, Tarver said the hospital had given him bus tokens and sent him home to his tent amid feces, discarded syringes and trash.

It is LA, out in California, but, it could be, some time soon, here in Lowell.  We need to begin planning for a possible future of greater homelessness.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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