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The “Services were Offered” Myth

  • James – please help me dispel the rumors that homeless people are being “offered resources” and then refusing them – especially as related to visits by social service providers to encampments prior to cleaning them up, but in general as well.  We want to reframe our language so we stop blaming the victim. (James said this much more eloquently than I was able to record it – so ask James to say it again – if past experience is any indicator of future performances, he’ll be more than happy to do so.  And I also very much agree that the “services were offered” narrative is both untrue and counterproductive. – ed.)
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