Year 2, Book 94

94. Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan Kozol
Written back in the 1988 this book is a bit dated now, but the sentiment is still the same. It seemed rather timely to me in that Baltimore City evicting a bunch of people from a homeless encampment under the JFX has been all over the news the past few days. At any rate Kozol focuses on homeless families in New York City. He concentrates on families and children in particular to emphasize that this is not just a problem of alcoholics, drug addicts, and the mentally ill. It is a problem that affects even the most innocent of people. As usual with his books the stories of the people he talks to are heartbreaking, and the bureaucracy they have to deal with is ridiculous and meaningless. With rules that make getting out of the homeless situation almost impossible rather than more possible. I’m guessing that in the past 20 years that the temporary homeless hotels that these people were living in have been shut down, but I’m sure other shelters just as bad have replaced them. Reading his books always makes me wonder what we’re doing in this country. I give it an 8 out of 10.

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