Ms Betterhome

It’s a crime to be poor in America…
March 11, 2010, 12:53 am
Filed under: enviro, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

I was born in the US, and my extended family still live there. I’ve visited on and off since I was a kid, and there are lots of things I love about it. The simultaneous over-policing and neglect of people living in poverty & disadvantage is not one of those things, and this article by Jennifer Abel from The Guardian makes me incandescent with rage. Here’s a sample:

Consider the case of Avondale, Arizona resident Christine Stevens, who has been in deep water (financially speaking) since losing her bank job in January 2009. She decided to discontinue her electricity service and make do with solar panels – Arizona has no shortage of sunshine, after all – and using an ice box in lieu of a refrigerator.

But such frugality defies Avondale city codes, which require a refrigerator, heating and cooling system, and electricity enough for all. So Stevens’ house was condemned, and Stevens kicked out. “We explained to her that the panels weren’t enough to sustain a quality of life there,” Avondale’s code enforcement manager said. Stevens is back in her home now, after spending 11 nights sleeping in her car, but could still lose the property.

So, it’s ok to be homeless in the land of the brave and the home of the free, but not ok to live in your own home without a fridge and air-conditioning.


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