Sunday, February 09, 2020

TKC MUST READ!!! CONGRESSMAN CLEAVER INSPIRES EFFORT TO CONDUCT ACCURATE COUNT OF 'UNCONSCIONABLE' HOMELESS CRISIS IN KANSAS CITY AND ACROSS THE NATION!!!!



A simple look around city streets reveals that Kansas City is confronting a greater homeless than at any other time in recent history. Here's an important note about the effort to get more data on the problem as local resources become increasingly strained. Checkit:

Following Calls From Rep. Cleaver, GAO Agrees to Review How U.S. Counts Homeless Population

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, United States Representative Emanuel Cleaver, II (D-MO) announced the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) decision to review the ways in which the federal government takes count of the United States homeless population following calls from Reps. Cleaver and Wm. Lacy Clay (D-MO).

“Homelessness anywhere is an utter shame, but the degree to which we have homelessness in the richest country in the history of the world is simply unconscionable,” said Congressman Cleaver. “As the homeless crisis in the United States continues to grow, it’s apparent that we need to reassess our efforts to ensure every American has a roof over their head at the end of every day. That must start with a review of how we actually take count of citizens who are experiencing homelessness, so that we may get a clearer picture of how and where we can reallocate federal attention to combat this crisis. I’m thankful to the GAO for acting upon our request, and I look forward to their findings in the coming months.”

Currently, as Congressman Cleaver pointed out in a letter to GAO, for those experiencing homelessness to be included in the Point-in-Time (PIT) count, they must be visible by the volunteers and advocates who are counting, and they must be in a shelter or unsheltered. This typically occurs during the coldest of months and by counting each individual manually one-by-one. Sadly, this methodology leaves the potential for millions of people to be left unaccounted for, which has major ramifications in the fight to address homelessness, as well as the upcoming 2020 Census. The transitory nature of homelessness necessitates more comprehensive analysis of the problem grounded in empirical and experience-based analysis, which GAO has agreed fits within the scope of its authority. The lawmakers’ letter was sent on the heels of a House Financial Services Committee hearing focused on homelessness in America.
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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

housing is a big part of it but it's also just the drugs. People who are so addicted to heroin and other opioids are not going to get in any kind of program or shelter. They need to treat their disease first and then worry about their living situation. It's not a housing problem, it's a drug problem.

Dex said...

^^^ +1

Anonymous said...

$1250 a month rents has nothing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ +3000

Spot on.

chuck said...

10:29 Is right. I give money to the drunks and drug addicts all the time as I get off of the highway and around shopping centers.

It just is what it is, they are drunk as hell - or drug addicts.

Addressing the problem with "housing" might get them home doing drugs and drinking, but..., it doesn't really fix anything.

They are all pretty nice people, I talk to them when there is time. There are a few, that are completely nuts. A Lady at 103rd and Wornall and a bearded, CRAZY guy around 85th and Wornall that is always at the bus stop screaming at cars.

But 98% of them, in my opinion, are just hammered every night and need help for addiction.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Congressman Cleaver's assessment of the current number of homeless
persons as tragic, but he ignores the reality that many of them refuse to accept shelter because of the shelters' rules on drugs, alcohol and other disruptive behaviors. Thirty years ago, many of what we now call homeless persons would have been involuntarily committed to facilities for the mentally ill. The reality is that involuntary commitment, with all of its attendant problems, may be the only solution for the hard-core homeless.

Anonymous said...

A great start for the phenom Congressman would be to:

Contact Schiff and Pelosi and see how they tackle homelessness in California.
California leads the pack in numbers.

Do the opposite.

Hint- Congratulations on doing nothing while spending so much energy and money on trying to impeach Trump.
Your hatred is noted- you are an idiot.

Anonymous said...

Re-pay bankruptcies’ fund from your carwash.
Give it to the poor.

How will you repay your debt? Please donate your salary and maybe Frank White can donate his salary and royalties he made giving his stupid super bowl speech about nothing? (Frank badly boo’d)

Anonymous said...

Assume that the old way to count the homeless (however defined) comes up with 1 million. But after developing a new counting technique, the figure is revised upward to 1.1 million.

How does that difference "have major ramifications in the fight to address homelessness..?" It doesn't. The real battle here is to beef up those census numbers. Cleaver doesn't care squat about the homeless but he does care about money and power.

Anonymous said...


People in KC have seen this guys track record for years now. Vote him out! What has he done for you besides lie about KC and took credit for the revitalization that Mayor Berkley did! Come On folks stop voting for color and do the right thing.

Anonymous said...

Cleaver has had years to deal with this. Big deal!

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone should ask the cleave what really is more important to him, is the hundreds of millions of dollars he’s spent on the jazz district better spent or should he have spent that money on fixing the homeless problem, just sayin, he made his choice to what’s most important to him, the cleave has always had his own personal priorities and the homeless were nevar one of them.

Jazz district and mlk blvd are his only priorities.

Anonymous said...

Chuck,

You're a huge sucker.

Anonymous said...

Many homeless people are homeless because they want to be. They don't want to follow the rules, they don't want the hassle of a 9 to 5 life. Their bums for the most part and living like they want too more than you think.

Anonymous said...

Remember when Cleaver said someone spit on him?
Cameras all around and not one caught anything.

The 10 Commandments ask us not to lie...bear false witness.

So spend money on18th and Vine (millions) and not homeless?

His legacy?

1. Carwash Bankruptcy
2. Millions on 18th & Vine...Talk on Homelessness
3. Failed impeachment removal (helped GOP raise millions for Trump 2020)
4. Failed to attend or speak at Chiefs’ parade
5. Failed to censure Pelosi’s disrespect

Maybe there is an 11th Commandment Carwash Cleaver follows... but we sure as hell won’t ever hear of it.

Anonymous said...

Clever has has 20 years in office to fix or prevent this. How much longer does he need?

Anonymous said...

Typical hot air without a concrete strategy on how to execute. Count the number of homeless , then what? What is the plan if 1k are homeless? 10k? 50k? KC made it more Cu,bersome to be a landlord, so cross out much of the help from the private sector. Simple lip service of we need to do more “ research” without doing a thing for those in need.

Anonymous said...

Question is not, "How many homeless are there?" The real question is, "Why are so homeless?" Can't fix the problem if you don't know the reason why it is happening. Drugs, alcohol, high rents....everyone is just guessing.

Anonymous said...

Even the actual left thinks impeachment was just donkey party deflection.

Anonymous said...

The corporate rules are so great!!

Anonymous said...

Your wrong


Cleaver was at the parade.

Anonymous said...

Come on tony less boobs more tits.

Anonymous said...

As usual, Chuck has the only legible comment on this blog.

Rjr said...

At some point we are going to have to get serious about the homeless situation. It's only going to get worse IF we don't bother to learn about the situation.

Retro ROCKER said...

A homeless man at 17th and Grand said. I will be honest with you I just need a couple of dollars to buy a drink .

Anonymous said...

It's common knowledge his party must perpetuate decay, chaos and poverty in order to continue government dependence and stay in power... But to go after a voting block among the homeless?? Shows the depths of desperation the Democrats have dissolved to under the Trump administration.