Report: WPB house fire may have been ...

Report: WPB house fire may have been started by homeless person

There are 14 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 17, 2008, titled Report: WPB house fire may have been started by homeless person. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Firefighters are trying to determine whether an abandoned house may have been set on fire this morning by a homeless person trying to stay warm, SunSentinel partner News Channel 5 reports.

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David G

Boca Raton, FL

#2 Nov 17, 2008
Let's blame the homeless. That's always the easy answer. Some homeless person breaks into an abandoned home to seek shelter. It's cold out, so he or she starts a fire to keep warm and the house burns down. Now the reality: There are thousands of homeless people in Palm Beach County, one of the richest counties in the nation, and we have virtually no public resources to assist them. Where are the public shelters? Where are the social services these people need? What is it that we expect will happen when homeless people are turned away by a community that ignores their needs? Some 53, mostly well-intentioned people worked on a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness, a plan that was just approved. Problem solved, right? Trouble is that there's no funding for this effort. We don't need more planners, we need more doers. When will the county and local communities accept responsibility for the problem and take real action? Where's the follow up story to the passage of the 10-year plan? Where's pressure from the media for accountability?
Well

Boynton Beach, FL

#3 Nov 17, 2008
David G wrote:
Let's blame the homeless. That's always the easy answer. Some homeless person breaks into an abandoned home to seek shelter. It's cold out, so he or she starts a fire to keep warm and the house burns down. Now the reality: There are thousands of homeless people in Palm Beach County, one of the richest counties in the nation, and we have virtually no public resources to assist them. Where are the public shelters? Where are the social services these people need? What is it that we expect will happen when homeless people are turned away by a community that ignores their needs? Some 53, mostly well-intentioned people worked on a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness, a plan that was just approved. Problem solved, right? Trouble is that there's no funding for this effort. We don't need more planners, we need more doers. When will the county and local communities accept responsibility for the problem and take real action? Where's the follow up story to the passage of the 10-year plan? Where's pressure from the media for accountability?
I'm just not sure I can afford to "fund" another program. I can barely pay my bills now with all of the "funding" I am providing, you know? Fund this, bailout that. How much is enough?
irony

United States

#4 Nov 17, 2008
a homeless man burns up a home!
Inspector clouseau

United States

#5 Nov 17, 2008
root cause - homeless men playing with matches.
Got a idea

Hollywood, FL

#6 Nov 17, 2008
David G wrote:
Let's blame the homeless. That's always the easy answer. Some homeless person breaks into an abandoned home to seek shelter. It's cold out, so he or she starts a fire to keep warm and the house burns down. Now the reality: There are thousands of homeless people in Palm Beach County, one of the richest counties in the nation, and we have virtually no public resources to assist them. Where are the public shelters? Where are the social services these people need? What is it that we expect will happen when homeless people are turned away by a community that ignores their needs? Some 53, mostly well-intentioned people worked on a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness, a plan that was just approved. Problem solved, right? Trouble is that there's no funding for this effort. We don't need more planners, we need more doers. When will the county and local communities accept responsibility for the problem and take real action? Where's the follow up story to the passage of the 10-year plan? Where's pressure from the media for accountability?
I thought Palm Beach rounded them all up and gave them bus tickets to New York...
Boca

Munford, AL

#7 Nov 17, 2008
Inspector clouseau wrote:
root cause - homeless men playing with matches.
No root cause is starting a fire in the fireplace when you don't have a fireplace.

doddy

Since: Apr 08

Fort Myers, FL

#8 Nov 17, 2008
See what the homeless trash does and we sent a couple of kids to jail for beating and killing a few of them. Instead of jail we should be honoring them for public service.

doddy

Since: Apr 08

Fort Myers, FL

#9 Nov 17, 2008
David G wrote:
Let's blame the homeless. That's always the easy answer. Some homeless person breaks into an abandoned home to seek shelter. It's cold out, so he or she starts a fire to keep warm and the house burns down. Now the reality: There are thousands of homeless people in Palm Beach County, one of the richest counties in the nation, and we have virtually no public resources to assist them. Where are the public shelters? Where are the social services these people need? What is it that we expect will happen when homeless people are turned away by a community that ignores their needs? Some 53, mostly well-intentioned people worked on a 10-year plan to eliminate homelessness, a plan that was just approved. Problem solved, right? Trouble is that there's no funding for this effort. We don't need more planners, we need more doers. When will the county and local communities accept responsibility for the problem and take real action? Where's the follow up story to the passage of the 10-year plan? Where's pressure from the media for accountability?
Why should the community take responsibility for lazy bums? Let's do them a favor and kill them and put them out of their misery. They are worse than a flea on a dogs hind quarters.
David G

Boca Raton, FL

#10 Nov 17, 2008
We fear what we do not understand. Bigotry is based in ignorance. When people talk about the homeless like they are not human, like they are discardable, it shows how little we have come and how much we still have to go as a society. Doddy's hate rhetoric is a bigger issue than homelessness. He really needs our prayers.
David G

Boca Raton, FL

#11 Nov 17, 2008
Well wrote:
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I'm just not sure I can afford to "fund" another program. I can barely pay my bills now with all of the "funding" I am providing, you know? Fund this, bailout that. How much is enough?
Well - I understand your concern, but like a lot of problems, unless we invest money to address the issue, we will continue to bear the burden of costs - in added social services, strains on the police departments, on the justice system, on jails, on health care, etc. Getting people back on their feet makes them productive, allows them to join the work force, to pay taxes, to buy goods and services...solving homelessness can pay for itself. Besides, it's the right thing to do.
Hazmat

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#12 Nov 17, 2008
David G
Palm Beach Gardens, FL

The police are obligated to investigate ... so what's your problem?

Did anyone blame the alleged homeless guy, or is he just a suspect because he migh have been in the house when the fire started.

Take your soap box back home and think a little.
Velma

AOL

#13 Nov 17, 2008
The homeless that used to hang out at John Prince Park didn't want any help. They didn't want to be told to be inside at any certain time, etc. etc. Rules are not for them, so they stay on their own, which is almost always on other people's property, or on public property illegally (like when no one is supposed to be there). Giving the homeless a place to live is useless when they won't cooperate!

doddy

Since: Apr 08

Fort Myers, FL

#14 Nov 19, 2008
David G wrote:
We fear what we do not understand. Bigotry is based in ignorance. When people talk about the homeless like they are not human, like they are discardable, it shows how little we have come and how much we still have to go as a society. Doddy's hate rhetoric is a bigger issue than homelessness. He really needs our prayers.
If you like them so much then open your home to them and pay for them. I'll be darned if I'm going to fund programs for people who don't want to work or live by the rules of normal society.

Keep on praying and please let us all know when you get an actual response.
Need Help IE JOB WPB

West Palm Beach, FL

#15 Jun 7, 2012
I Am homeless in WPB you give me a job And ill work! Im 59 And still Work rings around Young ones.Please give me a chance!Contact me here.And get one homeless person with no job.Off the street Will Be happy to take on anything.I just need that break Thanks Homeless in WPB

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