Homelessness in Dallas

Dallas is still reeling from last week’s violence. 2016 will go down in history as possibly the worst summer ever. Meanwhile, temperatures are hitting the 100 degrees mark. If you’re from around here, you know that this is also the time of year for ferocious thunderstorms that cause serious property damage–even loss of life. Imagine suffering through a Texas summer when your only place to call home is a tent under a bridge. As you probably know, the City of Dallas closed down the homeless encampment under the I-45 overpass in May. The problem is, the 300 former residents didn’t just disappear. With no place to go, most migrated to other camps. Tent cities under I-30 and Haskell and at I-45 and Coombs are mushrooming. It’s now been announced that these camps will be closed, starting July 19, citing health and safety concerns. You don’t need a crystal ball to predict that new camps will just spring up somewhere else. The Dallas Observer compares it to a game of Whack-a-Mole. The Mayor’s Commission on Homelessness is on it. …

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