Homeless families keep their children in school.

By Richard Gwin · August 28, 2011 · Comment on this

As many as 15 families are living at the Lawrence Community Shelter, and that means children from 15 families have to try and get ready for school every morning in the same small space. But they're doing it.

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skinny 6 years, 7 months ago

You cator to them, they will come from far and wide! 95% of the homeless in Lawrence aren't even from around here!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

So, pretending that there is no problem will make it disappear?

rtwngr 6 years, 7 months ago

Regardless of where they come from, they still need help. If you've never been homeless, you don't know what it's like or how it feels.

Deb Engstrom 6 years, 7 months ago

This certainly should help people realize the need for a new bigger shelter. I commend these families for valuing education enough to make the effort to get the kids off to school every morning. There are so many people in much better situations who don't do that!!!

50YearResident 6 years, 7 months ago

15 families? Isn't that against the only 3 unrelated rental property rule? Overcrouded?

ivalueamerica 6 years, 7 months ago

You do not make the rules, nor do you understand the rules. The homeless shelter is not classified as a rental property so your connecting the two is simply a demonstration of your ignorance of the facts.

mypointis 6 years, 7 months ago

You don't make the rules and you don't get first place for spelling either. It's "overcrowded" I believe. Those homeless children that get up and go to school each and every day can can outspell YOU!

auntmimi210 6 years, 7 months ago

Excuse me 50 Year, since when is the homeless shelter considered a rental property?? What an ignorant comment. And what a classic example of blatant disregard for the big picture & for others' needs. Maybe you would like to personally fund homes for all these families to ease the "overcrouding" of which you speak. That way you could be sure they are all following the rental rules, since that is the most important issue here.

Starbrite 6 years, 7 months ago

How much longer can we, in good conscious, allow homeless families to be crammed into a small building and sleeping on two-inch mats on the floor? This looks like something out of a third-world country!

There has to be a larger, healthier and safer space available somewhere in the community--A place where people can be temporarily housed, at least until the new shelter becomes reality. Let's challenge our city leaders and the community at large to find such a place.

With the current economic hard times we are sure to see more and more people entering homelessness and many of those will be children. With winter approaching we are sure to see more people with flu and other communicable diseases. In cramped conditions those will spread more quickly.

Let's not wait until we have a public health problem before we provide a larger, healthier place for our least fortunate--especially the children. As a community we need to do something now!

homechanger 6 years, 7 months ago

How about your living room? Take personal responsibility for your fellow human.

sherbert 6 years, 7 months ago

We do have Section 8 Housing where some people live for very little or no payment. The shelter is supposed to be a temporary place until the families can get out on their own, it's not supposed to be a place to settle in..Hopefully they're thankful they have a place to sleep and shower.

deec 6 years, 7 months ago

The payment is 30% of gross monthly income. Income includes wages, child support, TANF, disability payments, the money you make selling plasma, garage sale proceeds, etc. And there is a waiting list for section 8 and subsidized housing,

George_Braziller 6 years, 7 months ago

And once you get your name on the waiting list it usually takes about a year before your name makes it to the top of the list.

auntmimi210 6 years, 7 months ago

I was told just last week, by the Housing Authority office, that the wait for Edgewood or other "scattered sites" as they're called, is upwards of 8 months to a year. And the waiting list for Section 8, i.e. vouchers where the person/family pays their share & the housing authority pays the rest to the landlord, is TWO YEARS. Also, I know they recently re-opened the waiting list for those needing 2 bedrooms, but I believe last I heard, the other waiting lists are still closed b/c there are just too many people on them in need. So...it's great that we have these programs, but they're just not keeping up with the need we have.

wigginsfleming 6 years, 7 months ago

This is off the subject but trying to find information on the rules of the shelter. What are the rules, Who makes these decisions and based on what, law, creative thinking, what? Would very much apreciate the help. Thank you.

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