"As long as we are not chased from our words we have nothing to fear. As long as our utterances keep their sound we have a voice. As long as our words keep their sense we have a soul." -- Edmond Jabes, from The Book of Yukel, Return to the Book

Friday, March 1, 2013

In school, but without a home

The Times of Trenton editorialized today on the growing problem of homeless students, calling on Trenton schools to make sure they're providing adequate services. That's fine, as far as it goes, but it misses the forest for the trees

The 200 or so homeless children are an indication that something very wrong is happening in the region.

Mercer has among the best homelessness programs in the state, but the numbers are proof that even a comprehensive, housing first approach has its limits. The issue is both a lack of housing and, more importantly, the failures of a corporate capitalism that values profit and nothing else. Until we address this breakdown, there are minor enough programs to keep people -- or even kids -- of the streets.

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