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Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by BrooklynTrain on Sun Feb 16 22:53:34 2020

Tons of homeless this afternoon laying down and roaming by the Lafayette St entrance (NE corner of Lafayette & Houston). Several had tons of boxes they were sleeping in. Many were smoking in the afternoon on the mezzanine level. Thick clouds of smoke wafted down to the platform. Later tonight, a white woman (who appeared to be on drugs) screaming racist things as she banged for the elevator to open from the platform level at Broadway-Lafayette. It's no longer just East Broadway, Delancey and 2nd Ave - now we have issues at Broadway-Lafayette.

This afternoon, noticed a screaming EDP saying over and over "I'm a homeless person" by the 40th/8th entrance while 5 police officers watched and waited, wearing plastic gloves.

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Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by Catfish 44 on Sun Feb 16 23:16:20 2020, in response to Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today, posted by BrooklynTrain on Sun Feb 16 22:53:34 2020.

Ok

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Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by 3-9 on Sun Feb 16 23:29:30 2020, in response to Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today, posted by BrooklynTrain on Sun Feb 16 22:53:34 2020.

When the weather gets cold, the homeless are actually encouraged to seek shelter in the subway, among other places.

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Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by Lou from Brooklyn on Tue Feb 18 08:10:22 2020, in response to Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today, posted by 3-9 on Sun Feb 16 23:29:30 2020.

Authorities can not force people to take services. Can't force them into a shelter. Most refuse to go so you have loitering and with the new justice system, nothing will be done.

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Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by 3-9 on Tue Feb 18 09:20:05 2020, in response to Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today, posted by Lou from Brooklyn on Tue Feb 18 08:10:22 2020.

It also depends on how livable those shelters are. Put all those "eccentric" homeless into one place, and see what the result is.

If the homeless can really be separated into 3 categories, I wonder how much effort there is to at least give decent shelter to those who are down-on-there-luck, but not mentally ill or drug users.

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Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today

Posted by Steamdriven on Tue Feb 18 11:46:25 2020, in response to Re: Homeless encampments on Lafayette/Bleecker entrance to D/F trains, Screaming EDP at 42nd-8th today, posted by 3-9 on Tue Feb 18 09:20:05 2020.

"I wonder how much effort there is to at least give decent shelter to those who are down-on-there-luck, but not mentally ill or drug users."

You forget one major category: Ex-cons who can't stay at one of their usual places, or have a usual place and need a day hangout. There a yuuuge gap the reality of what shelters in cities like NYC actually do vs what you're told by the Daily News, NYT, or any politician. Ask someone who's been in a shelter or works there but is not an ideological warrior.

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