In an effort to appear hunky-dory for the APEC Summit embarking on its shores in November 2011, Honolulu city council wanted to pass legislation to be able to “dispose” of the belongings of street people, many of which are families that have been displaced by foreclosure – a growing number that has been largely ignored by state and federal governments.
Bill targets personal items on Honolulu sidewalks
Published 01:35 p.m., Thursday, September 29, 2011
HONOLULU (AP) — A city council bill has been introduced that would allow officials to remove items owned by Honolulu’s homeless on sidewalks.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the bill is the latest attempt to take back control of city sidewalks and parks as the number of homeless encampments has increased.
A similar measure last year prompted concerns by the American Civil Liberties Union that it would essentially be illegal to be homeless and own any possessions.
The latest bill’s lead sponsor, Councilwoman Tulsi Gabbard, says the measure isn’t designed to clear streets of homeless people but to make public spaces available for everyone.
By DEADLY CLEAR
The number of victims in the foreclosure atrocity that is ignored by the current US administration is astounding. We may not have ovens but we have “dumps” and storm troopers that invade these foreclosure homes under the guise of EJECTMENT officers and forcibly remove families, change locks and throw away their belongings.
Now Honolulu, a city that embraces all walks of life, wants to “dump” what is left of the homeless’ existence to clean their sidewalks so we can have a false appearance for the national media – give me a (expletive) break!
Luckily, homeless in Hawaii has rather pleasant weather conditions, but thousands of displaced families have no where to go other than set up tents on the streets with some shelter and a place to sleep.
The empty homes are not being rented because the banks don’t want the liability and expense. It appears the unrented collateral is a facade for the under-collaterized banks and has become their new gold standard. Remember, the banks wrote more loans than they can legally hold and most of their agents like Accredited Home Lenders, Option One, Ownit, American Home Lenders, Ameriquest (and hundreds more) have gone bankrupt as if by a planned exit strategy. There is no where to house the millions of overwritten, highly inflated mortgages so the alternative is to foreclose – even when people want to make payments.
People are forced to the streets in tents. The ostrich attitude about foreclosure by the administration has left a lot of dead bodies in it’s wake. Suicides, heart attacks, sudden disease caused by emotional stress…even murders – the numbers are mounting.
Washington, DC has allowed the rape of the American Dream and it was not necessary. They could have reduced the interest rate to 2% and stripped the inflated mortgages to market value and the majority of people could have kept their homes and stabilized the economy. Instead of allowing the GSEs (Fannie, Freddie, FHLB) to “make profit” it should have concentrated on a balanced budget.
The dueling ideologies of the purpose of the GSE entities is what has caused their instability and ultimate collapse. Congress thought they were funding special projects to provide more affordable 30-year housing. The GSEs were dreaming up patented schemes and algorithms designed to take the behavior patterns of the targeted borrowers into default in the short-term and reap a liquidity of insurance and fees for profits (and large salaries and bonuses) all at the pleasure of the Wall Street banks.
Instead of restructure the government has allowed the eviction storm troopers to seize the properties and displace the families…and the numbers affected exceed all the figures combined in the atrocious Holocaust. 24 million homes = 60 million people in foreclosure with another 72 million people waiting in the wings. Apparently, the government could care less about what happens to these people – just throw out in the elements rather than the ovens. This is the financial slaughter and death of the worldwide economy including the American Dream.
Death, depression, desperation, and despair; the homelessness of foreclosure too is an atrocity of untold magnitude.