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Friday, January 16, 2009

Homeless stories

I saw this article today...

D.C. Homeless Being Pushed Out for Inauguration

Frank Mearns has left the place he calls home, a stone's throw from the White House, and joined thousands of others in Washington who were forced to pull up stakes and move from their regular digs for the presidential inauguration.

But Mearns isn't making a quick buck by renting out his pied-a-terre, as some Washington residents are. Nor did he head out of town on an inauguration escape holiday, as some locals did.

He's one of Washington's army of homeless cleared from the center of the U.S. capital ahead of the historic inauguration of Barack Obama.

...and it reminded me of articles like this one....

Beijing to Evict 'Undesirables' before Olympic Games

The relocation of "problem" residents aims to create a salubrious image of the Chinese capital before the arrival of up to 500,000 tourists, athletes and journalists in August. Targets include homeless people, unregistered taxi drivers, snack vendors and fronts for prostitution such as hairdressers and karaoke parlours.

Those are both kind of depressing, so here's a cool uplifting article about a homeless man in Texas...

A Fort Worth man's journey from the streets to straight A's

Jo Ann Reyes was hesitant when the homeless man volunteered to teach a GED class at her church. His clothes were in terrible condition. He had long hair, his front teeth were rotted out, and he smelled of the streets.

But Reyes agreed to let Jeremy Burnett teach. He quickly got everyone to pass the math portion of the test. So Reyes, president of the Hope Center, a ministry for the poor at the Without Walls Church in Fort Worth, recommended him to a nearby electrical training company. He soon had those students up to speed on the math portion of their test, too.


  • All three of these stories are interesting. I had a friend who lived in Barcelona right before the Olympics there and said they did the same thing: cleared everyone out to the outlying areas so the tourists wouldn't see them. I have heard that the homeless community in China, Japan, and Korea generally hide underground because of their condition, is this true?

    By Blogger Joshua A. Rigsby, at 4:53 AM  

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