The Post says: Show real ‘compassion’ — get the homeless off the streets


No good deed . . . 

A kindly Samaritan sees a person mendacity on a chilly Fifth Avenue sidewalk, and drapes him with a coat. His thanks? The homeless man, recognized by police as 25-year-old Xavier Israel, jumps up, assaults his benefactor and steals his pockets.

After all the dysfunction on our streets the previous couple of years, you’d thought nothing may shock you.

Nothing, alas, may discomfit the de Blasio administration, however maybe with a brand new mayor, Eric Adams, we are able to have a dialog about the which means of “compassion.”

Despite the rhetoric of the left, New York City is compassionate. We spend $2 billion on homelessness, primarily for the shelter system, however that doesn’t embody the billions extra we spend on issues like hire subsidies geared toward maintaining individuals from turning into homeless.

It additionally doesn’t embrace the time and money donated by New Yorkers to charities.

But a big share, in all probability the majority, of these dwelling on the streets are mentally sick, substance abusers or each. Attacking somebody who’s attempting to maintain you heat shouldn’t be the signal of somebody of their proper thoughts. 

Advocates will argue that Xavier Israel shouldn’t be despatched to jail, and because of progressive District Attorney Alvin Bragg, that probably gained’t occur.

Surveillance footage shows Xavier Israel punching a Good Samaritan and robbing his wallet after he gave his coat.
Surveillance footage reveals Xavier Israel punching a Good Samaritan and robbing his pockets after he gave his coat.

But too typically after that little bit of “set him free” justice, what occurs is . . . nothing. The individual is put again on the streets and assaults another person.

Been to Penn Station not too long ago? There are individuals camped out throughout, however the scary half for commuters are these mumbling or screaming profanities, reeling throughout the widespread areas with their palms down their pants, prepared for a struggle. Even eye contact will provoke them.

This shouldn’t be proper for them. Or us. They have time bombs of their heads, and the metropolis does one thing solely after they go off.

Progressives say this isn’t the job of police. Fine. But think about that, beneath the earlier administration, homeless “outreach” employees would stroll by way of Penn Station and politely ask the homeless in the event that they wished some assist. 

Well, that was the concept anyway. An audit by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli discovered that the Bowery Residents’ Committee charged the metropolis $1.4 million in bills that had been both unsupported or not allowed, together with for a chartered-boat occasion. When The Post visited the group’s workplace in Penn Station, it was typically closed. 

Homeless people in Penn Station on Saturday afternoon
Commuters cope with dozens of hostile homeless individuals dwelling in Penn Station.
Daniel William McKnight

Even after they had been working, although, BRC was doomed to fail, for his or her affords had been voluntary. What individual affected by schizophrenia goes to have the ability to resolve what’s proper for themselves? They are the individuals who assault somebody giving them a coat.

Compassion isn’t saying “we can give you help. No? OK.” Compassion is “you can’t sleep here. We’ll take you someplace that you can, and we can get you the help that you need.”

New Yorkers shouldn’t must actually give the coats off their backs to individuals sleeping on the sidewalk. And they actually shouldn’t be attacked for it. We can repair that.

You can repair that, Mayor Adams.

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