The shelter reveals a charade in American welfare policy, pretending to show concern for the visible poor while demonstrating contempt for the invisible poor -- those struggling to keep a day ahead of homelessness. As we try to help the homeless with shelters, we ignore the policies that continue to put people in them.
Dennis P. Culhane. "Poorhouse Revisited" The New York Times (1991): A 15.
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