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Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Orleans Homless in TENTS

I never thought i would see the day....

I was driving through New Orleans a couple of days ago.
Its was COLD outside and RAINING hard, i drove down North Rampart
near the Superdome, and saw dozens of tents on the side of the road.

Hypothermia killing New Orleans homeless

Publication date: 06 January 2008

Dropping temperatures in New Orleans appear to have caused two homeless people to die of hypothermia, officials say.

The Orleans Parish coroner's office said Friday frigid temperatures likely caused a homeless man and woman to die of body heat loss in separate incidents this week, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported.

Officials said the body of 48-year-old Janice Collins was found Thursday on a sidewalk by a concerned citizen and responding emergency officials pronounced her dead at the scene.

Collins' relatives reportedly had offered her a place in their home during the nearly 28-degree weather, but she chose to live under the Crescent City Connection instead.

Two hours after Collins' body was found, 54-year-old Michael Przesmycki's body was found in a New Orleans parking lot.

The newspaper said that after Przesmycki was pronounced dead at the scene by responding paramedics, both bodies were examined by coroners and their condition was found to be consistent with hypothermia.

Copyright 2008 by United Press International


The city has double the homeless it had before hurricane Katrina
– but far fewer emergency shelters.
March 28, 2007 edition

Up to 40 people were believed to be living in the Economy Motor Lodge on Tulane Avenue when a fire struck the long-abandoned property on the night of March 7. Located six blocks from the mayor's office and just down the street from the Superdome, the fire was the fourth at the boarded-up motel since hurricane Katrina. Rescue workers spent the next day searching the ashes for possible victims. None were found, though one man who had apparently slept though the blaze emerged from the building the next morning. The city has since ordered the property torn down.

Behind that four-alarm fire lies a disturbing trend: Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans faces a major crisis with homelessness. Already taxed to the breaking point on many fronts, the city has a homeless population that is now approximately double what existed before the storm – in a city half its previous size.

Facing a severe shortage of affordable housing, displaced residents returning to the city along with an influx of construction trade workers are being forced to sleep in everything from cars to flooded-out houses to long-abandoned motels, as Katrina relief workers from across the country still struggle to fill gaping holes in the city's social services.

"The vast majority of emergency shelters have not been reopened since Katrina," says Martha Kegel, executive director of UNITY, a regional collaborative of 60 agencies serving the homeless. "There's an enormous shortage of housing and people are desperate. Do we have the resources to deal with this problem? No."

The city has double the homeless it had before hurricane Katrina
– but far fewer emergency shelters.

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