The bankruptcy crisis in Detroit has had a dramatic impact on the city life and there are still citizens living on the edge of survival.
The disappearance of jobs has increased the number of homeless people in the city. It is believed that more than 2 % percent of the city’s population is living on the streets or in shelters. This rises to a number of almost 16,200 persons out of a total population of 680,000 people.
For example San Francisco’s number of homeless people is around 1% out of a population of 800,000 people, but San Francisco’s financial situation cant be compared to Detroit which lost $7 billion in debts during the crisis.
29 year old Josh Reslow is living in a tent with his 25 years old girlfriend, Brittany Hines. They are both young and jobless, waiting and hoping for better days:
“I love Detroit. I’d hope things would get better. I’m a carpenter and with no work going on, I guess, that’s part of the reason I’m on the street.”
City officials have tried to come in the help of homeless, by putting together warming centers during the cold season. Reverend Faith Fowler, working with the Cass Community Social Services, explains that authorities have attempted to ensure the security of thosein need, especially throughout the winter.
Jones is one of the many homeless people living in tents, who struggles to make it by, because he cannot find a job. His only way of making a few dollars is by directing people into parking lots before sport events. Yet he seams to sort of enjoy his tent life and is reluctant when it comes to the shelters the city of Detroit has made available so far:
“It’s quiet and you really don’t get bothered by too many people.
“The last time I was there, I got bedbugs. Hopefully, I can find a shelter somewhere that’s presentable and me and my girl can go and make a stay for the winter.” said Jones
The Neighborhood Service Organization’s Tumaini Center, tried to come to the help of the homeless living in tents by offering them coats that can be also used as sleeping bags as they prefer to remain living in their tents.
The tent community hasn’t been a threat for the city and Detroit officials have no intentions to move them from the park. Police representatives have said that the homeless are not breaking the law by living there and they are willing to help them anytime. In fact, the police has repeatedly told those living on the streets that they would contribute with any and all resources they could find. However, permanent living conditions must be found and for such arrangements, discussions need to take place, said Sgt. Michael Woody, a police department spokesman.
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