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mesaSteeler
09-26-2009, 07:28 AM
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Pittsburgh’s Homeless Forced to Move for the G-20 Summit [VIDEO]
Posted by ClintonMacy67 | Posted in Real Talk | Posted on 21-09-2009

Under the 9th St Bridge in Pittsburgh speaking to the city’s homeless

On Friday I traveled with fellow One HOOD member Paradise Gray and Teisha Stolich under the 9th Street Bridge on the North Side of Pittsburgh to shoot footage for the Season 3 Premiere of This Week With Jasiri X. The reason we wanted to record here is because Pittsburgh is trying to sell itself as this “revitalized” city that has not felt the debilitating effects of the recession. We wanted to show the REAL Pittsburgh, that is very much still suffering economically.

When we arrived we approached the people forced to live in these wretched conditions about what we were doing and why we wanted to document their struggle. What we found out made an already dire situation even worse. The City of Pittsburgh was forcing them to move away from downtown so the leaders of the G-20 summit would not see Pittsburgh’s homeless. Just a few hours earlier they were told by the police they had to pack up and move their things immediately or be subjected to arrest.

Ted shared with us his story of filling out application after application but being denied a job because he listed his address as “under the 9th St bridge”. He talked about how the City of Pittsburgh was telling agencies not to feed them because they wanted them to leave for the G-20. He remarked to us how very few people cared to help them, except for one very popular Pittsburgher…..Troy Polamalu. Yes, that Troy Polamalu. Ted told us how Troy Polamalu would come under the 9th St bridge on several occasions with groceries and give everyone $20.00 bills. In fact, as we were leaving a white Toyota pulled up and driving was, you guessed it, Troy Polamalu.

I hope to have a update in the next few days about where Ted and the other “residents” spend the G-20. And if they indeed return to their “home” under the 9th St bridge.

stillers4me
09-26-2009, 07:30 AM
The world needs more Troy Polamalu's.

Galax Steeler
09-26-2009, 07:32 AM
Maybe I need to go to the 9th street bridge and get me a 20 dollar bill from Troy.:chuckle:

mesaSteeler
09-26-2009, 07:48 AM
While I commend Troy for his generosity and compassion I wish he would use better judgment.

Giving cash to the homeless is not the best idea. Many of them are addicted to illegal drugs or alcohol. All too often they will spend the money to get high which will not help them put their lives back together. Troy should give his time and money to a homeless shelter or a program which may help the homeless change their lives for the better.

I am also concerned about Troy's safety. To become known as someone who carries a large amount of cash around in the worst areas of the city is not a good idea. It makes him a target to any one desperate enough to want all of his money. Troy can not out run a bullet.

Galax Steeler
09-26-2009, 08:08 AM
Troy can not out run a bullet.

I am not so sure about that.:wink02:

mulldog24
09-26-2009, 08:45 AM
Troy is a devoted christian and is doing the lord's work GOD bless him!!!

stillers4me
09-26-2009, 09:44 AM
Troy is such a generous soul, but I do agree about handing out money. My husband enrolls students at a technical college. He talked to one guy that "lived on the streets" for several years. The guy averaged $50-$60 grand a year in handouts.

mesaSteeler
09-26-2009, 11:25 AM
Troy is such a generous soul, but I do agree about handing out money. My husband enrolls students at a technical college. He talked to one guy that "lived on the streets" for several years. The guy averaged $50-$60 grand a year in handouts.

I've seen news reports that say the same thing about how much some of these handout con artists make. All of it tax free as well. Wanting to help people is well and good but you can't just hand out money.

While I do support programs that help the less fortunate those programs require that those who get the aid must work for it. Misguided charity does more far more harm than good.

I never give cash to anyone begging for it. All that does is encourage more of it. This is American where people are supposed to work for a living. It's not bloody India where you have generations of beggars.

SteelC7
09-26-2009, 12:42 PM
wat a great person, not only a future hall of famer, but a hall of fame person, just like hines

wootawnee
09-26-2009, 06:36 PM
You guys need to get a heart and give thanks to God for your roof over your hear and for your well being......

Living on the streets is tough, let me tell you I know first hand.......I lived on the streets of Oakland Ca for a spell........And SfCa.....It is hard to get off them, even when you are a clean living person.......

Just count your blessings and feel forutnate that you don't have to worry about cops telling you you cannot sleep in your cardboard box here no more.....

Please send them some prayers.........They really need them........Cause sometimes it is mentally challenging for some people to help themselves......

JackHammer
09-26-2009, 07:08 PM
This is American where people are supposed to work for a living. It's not bloody India where you have generations of beggars.

That's your version of America. I mean I could just as easily say, "This is America where people are supposed to have a bunch of kids and collect welfare for a living." Right this very minute we have generations of welfare collectors. I wouldn't call that working for a living.

Galax Steeler
09-27-2009, 06:36 AM
You guys need to get a heart and give thanks to God for your roof over your hear and for your well being......

Living on the streets is tough, let me tell you I know first hand.......I lived on the streets of Oakland Ca for a spell........And SfCa.....It is hard to get off them, even when you are a clean living person.......

Just count your blessings and feel forutnate that you don't have to worry about cops telling you you cannot sleep in your cardboard box here no more.....

Please send them some prayers.........They really need them........Cause sometimes it is mentally challenging for some people to help themselves......

I will agree with you to a certain extent. I do not feel sorry for the ones that are to sorry to get out and find a job. Alot of people just want handouts so if they are not trying for themselves then I have no pitty on them what so ever. I work hard everyday and have put a nice roof over my head with a good family and it is because I went out and made it happen.