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Hasson Rashid Speaks at Cambridge,MA City Council Public Hearing (12/17/18)!

Hasson Rashid Speaks at Cambridge,MA City Council Public Hearing (12/17/18)!

What happen to all of the municipal promises for social equity breakthroughs for the homeless sector and mosaic?

  • Posted on: 17 December 2018

Peace Be Unto You,

Hello Everybody, I’m Hasson Rashid, I reside at 820 Massachusetts Avenue, my Public Comment is on Calendar/Charter Rights Agenda Item #2; Communications/Reports from other City Officers Item#1; Late Agenda Items Suspension of the Rules#2,3., any agenda item that directly or indirectly relates to homelessness.

All of the just mention agenda items relates to the official closing of the Annuals of another year at Cambridge City Hall and Council Business. I would like to ride piggy back on this, and say that a lot of official local and state government work has been left unaddressed. I can say now I’m certain that the homelessness sector and mosaic, has been dealt a serious setback from state and local seats of government authority and power. The social problems and conditions, of homelessness remains as grave as ever here in Cambridge, MA, and across the Commonwealth at the end of the year 2018. Only piecemeal gains have been designated and issue, out in regard for homelessness.

For years now, even before the “2015 Charrette on Homelessness,” and “Cambridge’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness,” conditions still remain the same. Last year’s Point In Time (PIT) Count hints at it, and soon it will be time for another PIT count, that will show similar results. Also Homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018, according to the latest national estimate by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since last year. What happen to all of the municipal promises for social equity breakthroughs for the homeless sector and mosaic? At the end of this year, I find that Cambridge is left with a social vacuum in substantial gains for the homeless. Is this an indication of what is to come in the new year? Will the homeless sector and mosaic, continue to be misled, and shut out of municipal poverty strategy once again. I truly hope and pray not.

Homelessness is religious, philosophical, spiritual, and a host of other realities, I hope you all members of this current administration don’t go into the new year satisfied and thinking, that you have done adequate justice to improving the lives of the homeless, and other segments of poor (evicted/ displaced, etc.), community.

Finally, I would like to remind you all that God’s hand is at work in helping the poor, obtain the needed social equity gains that will allow them to create a better life and world for themselves. If eviction and displacement, causes and leads to homelessness, then you municipal policy makers should cut an ordinance or law against it, protecting the innocent. Thank you.

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Yours In Peace
Mr. Hasson J. Rashid
City Hall/Council Advocate/Advocacy
Citizen Journalist
Cambridge, MA
December 17, 2018