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August 3, 2017

“Pro-homelessness point of view”

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Remember that last City Council meeting that I told you was chock full of quotable moments worth your time to watch.  Here’s one from a young Alameda resident during the comment period on the Planning Board appointees.

Sorry about the lack of syncing of video with the audio that’s the way the video downloaded.

What this speaker is asking for is similar to the quote that I transcribed from that Forum piece regarding empathy:

One of the things that I implore people in the Bay Area to do is to expand their circle of empathy.  It’s good that people have empathy for the members of their own family but I want them to have empathy for the service workers in the Bay Area.  To have empathy for the people that aren’t in their families.  I want them to have empathy for the people who want to come to the Bay Area to access the economic opportunity that is here.

There is precious little empathy for those without, those that have lost their housing or are in danger of losing their housing.  When I see the growing homeless population, I don’t try to rationalize their plight by saying things like “well some people just want to be homeless” or “they just need to work harder.”  What I see is a failure of the community, not just the government but neighbors and community members, to provide for the most vulnerable in our circles of influence.  We can solve affordability issues, we can solve homelessness issues, but it will take more than just platitudes and words.  It will take people, people who say they care about other people, being okay with things changing.



  1. What is the “beehive neighborhood?”

    Comment by dave — August 3, 2017 @ 6:59 am

    • base

      Comment by MP — August 3, 2017 @ 7:46 am

    • The streets of the “Great Whites” Officers’ housing form a beehive when viewed from above.

      Comment by Bart — August 3, 2017 @ 9:19 am

  2. I think it’s a neighborhood chocked full of non-empathetic homeowners who won’t think outside their hives. Or on a more intellectual plane, a situation where the queen bee of the hive tells all the worker bees where to fly to collect pollen so she can consume the gathered pollen and lay more empathetic eggs

    Comment by jack — August 3, 2017 @ 8:04 am

  3. Ms. Hockabout’s point about making decisions locally, before they get made – or least more heavily influenced — by Alameda County, or ABAG or Sacramento, etc., shouldn’t be ignored.

    Comment by MP — August 3, 2017 @ 8:36 am

  4. Angela Hockabout did a fantastic job of outlining what faces Alameda from both a social and political level in her remarks to the council. Without empathy and compassion for those who are threatened, we can’t possibly have a future as a community and all our posturing about being a welcoming city really amounts to nothing. We will remain a sweet little pastoral repose for those who can afford it.

    I guess I can do sarcasm with the best of them.

    Comment by Laura Thomas — August 3, 2017 @ 10:41 am

    • Agreed. Angela Palatto Hockabout speaks for me! 😉

      Comment by Jon Spangler — August 3, 2017 @ 2:53 pm

      • Don’t get your hopes up there, Mr. Spangler 😉 I’m proud of what I’m able to achieve as a private citizen.

        Comment by Angela — August 3, 2017 @ 3:01 pm

  5. Great comments, well delivered. I hope Spencer absorbed them.

    Comment by BC — August 3, 2017 @ 1:02 pm

  6. Angela:

    You mention in the video that you know people who were “evicted into homelessness.” Eviction protections have been in force over a year in one form or another, from the initial moratorium to the current relocation payment scheme. How did these people get evicted given those policies? And if they have jobs, and thus income, what prevented them from just finding a cheaper place instead of pitching a tent?

    Comment by dave — August 3, 2017 @ 5:15 pm

    • One person had bad credit and couldn’t qualify for a unit. The other person had descended into addiction. Either way there should still be stable homes for these people, don’t you think? Evictions still happen even with the protections. Or are you one of those people who think that folks deserve to be homeless?

      Comment by Angela — August 3, 2017 @ 5:31 pm

      • “These people” get what they deserve. No landlord in their right mind would rent to an addict or someone who does not have the income to pay the rent. There are plenty of facilities that are paid for by taxpayers to serve these undeservers.

        Comment by jack — August 3, 2017 @ 5:44 pm

  7. One cannot be evicted for bad credit. As long as payments are current it makes no difference what your credit rating is.

    Once evicted, yes, bad credit can sink you. How & why was that person evicted?

    And same with addiction. Once can’t be evicted for it, or else millions bar flies would be kicked out tomorrow. How and why was that person evicted?

    Comment by dave — August 3, 2017 @ 6:22 pm

    • How else can you get evicted these days? From non-payment of rent, but at this point when people are no longer able to pay their rents, there are few if any cheaper alternatives so that people can’t end up on the streets when they lose a source of income, or the regular increases get to be too much. We can do better.

      Comment by Angela — August 3, 2017 @ 6:51 pm

      • Non payment is a legitimate cause for eviction. Your painting these people as innocent lambs is disingenuous at best, though brazenly dishonest is probably more accurate.

        Comment by dave — August 3, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

      • Have you ever been a landlord, Angela?

        Comment by jack — August 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm

  8. How would you do better?

    Comment by jack — August 3, 2017 @ 6:57 pm

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