Anything to get them off the streets...

Discussion in 'Politics' started by OPTIONAL777, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. The Ultimate Homeless Shelter

    New York City Looking At Retired Cruise Ships As Shelters

    The Pacific Princess (aka: The Love Boat) left service in October. Could it be a new homeless shelter?

    A stateroom on the Pacific Princess.

    Nov 20, 2002 7:46 am US/Eastern

    (CBS) (NEW YORK) New York City officials will fly to the Bahamas on Wednesday for a "fact-finding mission" to determine whether retired cruise ships could be used to house the growing number of homeless people, a spokesman for the Department of Homeless Services said.

    "They will be looking at a couple of retired cruise ships," said the spokesman, Jim Anderson. "They will be questioning whether they would be safe and appropriate shelter space for homeless clients."

    The officials, including Linda Gibbs, the city's commissioner of homeless services, are being flown to the Bahamas on the mayor's private jet. The trip is scheduled to last for a few hours.

    Gibbs said the officials would be evaluating the cost-effectiveness of using cruise ships to accommodate homeless people, adding that all options must be explored.

    "We can't reject any idea that's offered," Gibbs said on Tuesday night. "I think we have to be unafraid to think creatively and to explore options that maybe haven't been looked at in the past."

    Homelessness in New York City is at an all-time high, with 36,000 people staying in shelters each night, according to the Coalition for the Homeless. The city is bound by law to provide free temporary shelter to those who say they have no place to live.

    City officials are expected to conduct an annual census of homeless people this winter.
  2. Optional,

    You must be so excited to know you might go on a cruise soon!! I guess it will be super-easy for you to pack, too?
  3. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    We have a terrible problem with homelessness down here in the Keys....they live on the streets in Key West and panhandle the tourists....sleep on the beaches....have drunken fights and are making a real mess out of paradise.
    Most of them are never getting a job and are drug addicts and some are violent.
    I feel sorry for anyone who is down on his luck....but not these S.O.B.s......they need to be in prison.
  4. tampa


    my, my - testy this morning, aren't we?
  5. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    Tourist season has started here and we all get a little testy I suppose. The price we pay for living in Paradise.
  6. tampa


    Living at the end of a 125 mile two-lane road in a bug and snake infested swamp is paradise?

    No wonder it draws the "less than desirable" tourists - who else would want to go there?
  7. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    You got that right. Damn those no-see-ums!
    I have been thinking of moving to the Chesapeake. But then I have to get used to snow all over again.
  8. tampa


    are you sure that 1947 converted tug boat could make the trip?

    or would you inner-tube it, like most of your neighbors did?
  9. bobcathy1

    bobcathy1 Guest

    Well, it could make the trip if you helped me pull it with your alligator.....
  10. tampa


    we don't have them here in Tampa - we'll probably get them next year, if the budget allows...
    #10     Nov 24, 2002