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  • Brian
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    The thing is: If one is on social assistance, they will receive 740 bucks per month. With this 740 bucks they generally live in bedsitting rooms which cost about 300 to 400 per month with very little remaining. This man is working poor. There are quite a lot of people in this predicament. While I do feel sympathy for this man, he is not alone and it is possible for him to find housing other than his van.

  • captain
    July 02, 2010 - 13:35

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, Jeff from Clarkes beach!! I am sure if he had been a male you would not have used the word cow would ya?? So in your defense of the immigrants as you attack her so called xenophobic tendencies by making a sexist comment!! I say xenophobic (one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.) as no where in that letter do I fell she is fearful or scared by immigrants, she simply wishes for a level of inclusion that is often unbelievable lucrative to a new immigrant to be extended to citizens born and bred in this country.

    You my friend are I do believe are part of the so called new left , the new hate spewing crowd !!

  • mom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:33

    A double hernia awaiting operation prevents Mr. Hex from taking more hours. Is there any word on when he can have the surgery done? He won't be able to work immediately after the surgery and will have to talk to a social worker about where he will be staying then. Perhaps if he can get into the hospital to have his surgery done he will become a priority. Then, when he heals after his surgery if he has a place to live he should be able to keep it. I wish you good luck with everything Mr. Hex.

  • Laura
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    I agree with Amy!
    There are lots of shared accomodations for single people.You may pay 300.00 a month for a room but that can at least hold you until you find yourself somethijng better or your time comes for sub housing.I've lived with roomates before as well.And family who were not my immediate family.
    I am from Ontario and moved here years ago.I'm just getting by.I am also half black.But some people may be seeing people of another skin color other than white and automatically think hey they aren't from here ! when really they were born and raised here.So becareful what you say!

  • Mike
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Generally I am would have a cynical opinion on a story like this.
    However quite simply all I have to say is, No 'Working' man or woman should have to endure nights in a vehicle for Shelter.

  • john
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Patricia Patricia Patricia, I TOTALLY agree with you our people should come first always, not the immigrants that are here .Send them back to where they came from ......and for the people who don't like this comment send them along with them there no good for nothing as well

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    Maybe if they weren't opening the borders to so many immigrants there wouldn't be a problem with our citizens being homeless. This is one thing that annoy me so much. We seem to give so much more to immigrants and our own has to suffer for it. It's time our people come first then consider the immigrants

  • Sheeba
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    It is a shame that this man has to be in this situation. Unfortunately there is a lot of abuse out there as far as the system goes, so those who really need the housing can't get it. I'm not saying this as far as everybody goes. It's just that some are capable of working that just don't or some ware working under the table and getting the extra income. Newfoundland housing-please get this man a house. He deserves it since he is trying. Not even a dog should live under these circumstances.

  • Jack
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Since James Hex has a permanent disability, he should be moved to the top of the list for affordable housing, not the bottom.

    Perhaps now is the time for the Williams Government to start making a more diligent effort in building more affordable housing units, especially in communities with low vacancy rates like Corner Brook.

  • I KNOW THIS MAN
    July 02, 2010 - 13:25

    I just read the article on here and the comments left above...

    Its funny how so many people can lose track of the issue at hand. I know this man and his daughter as they used to be a neighbor of mine, You couldn't ask for a better person or father even waking me at 3 in the morning to see if I had fever meds for his daughter, then walking half way cross town to get them to her).
    This man would help you with anything, He is looking for help to get a affordable living for himself and his Beautiful daughter, who is the love of his life. It is sad to see that there isw no help out there for our own Citizen here in St.John's.
    I look at him working hard(wanting more hours but has a serious hereria in his belly that bigger than a baby growing) ,also taking care of his daughter and trying to start a new life. But its hard to do when you dont have stable living enviroment.

    I wish him nothing but the best. And if anyone on that waiting list deserves a home it him for himself and his daughter.

    Everyone remember he has a daughter too and he is doing all this for her. Please show your support and leave all your nasty comments to yourselfs.

    Everyone deserves a House, But
    Mr. Hex is looking to make a home.

  • Peter
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Hi James. I feel sorry for you it is not your fault blame the lousy medical system that you can't get back to work and make an income to suport yourself.
    People you got it all wrong it is the lack of a deasent medical system and the skyrocketing housing cost that keeps a person down in the dumpts when things go wrong.
    Howe lovely Newfie were when 9-11 hit but they were going home sap and not a burten on you but now you showin your true color. Time to close your mouth and open your pocket book.

  • Sheila
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    Hex also does not want to negatively affect his girlfriend's own financial status, as she is currently in subsidized housing.

    In other words affect her welfare I would think....shame shame on him for wanting to take a unit form a deserving person. Just how many night will be live there or will it just be an address for his mail?

  • Simon
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    'the powerless have too much.' Racism and classism abound Ah, the mindless voice of the lumpen. Sounds like a Newfoundland tea party.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    What's with some of you people on here Do you make it a point to come here to vent and put a spin on comments? You Ed there was no mention of immigrants causing homeless. Pointly to even explain it to you. It seems you had your mind made up. As for you Poltically Incorrect no one here not even Jack said one thing about blacks? Maybe it's you who need to look up racist, since your the one with the problem. Don't tell me how i or anyone should feel about what Mr Hex is dealing with clearly some of you have no idea how different immigrants are treated over someone such as Mr Hex who pays taxes. I don't feel some of you are worth the bother. Next time some of you have personal problems in your home. Tkae it else where. Pompous a$$es I won't even bother addressing you about this again. Instead of you comments. Maybe open your eyes and not your traps first tata

  • carl
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    how quick people forget... Karma?

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:18

    Randy,
    I agree with you 100%. I know several females in these situations who seem to put zero effort into life because the handouts keep coming.

  • Kayla
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Omg I have never seen such ignorance! This man is homeless and some of you people care less! And for some of you to believe that females get priority over others is absolutly absurd! I am a 21 year old single mother of a 14 month old boy, I have been on the waiting list for a house for over a year, right now I am between family members and friends homes, it is such a burden for me to have to stay with people, and when I called housing to explain my situtation the lady (if you can call her that) pretty much told me to bad. I am not working because I cannot afford a babysitter and I was also turned down for subsidy. It hurts me so much to see what some people from this province have to say about people who need help. I want to be able to work, I do not want to mooch off the government, I had to quit college because it was either a babysitter or food for my son. I am not on welfare and they say I am cabable of working, which I am, but who will watch my child? Now that you are deemed a monster (some of you) I hope you feel proud for making someone feel like sh*t... Have a good day

  • Carole
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    How very 'humanitarian' of you, Mike.

  • Randy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    I fell bad for James. A working man with no place to live. If James was a young rebellious, jobless female with a child, doors would open and he would have a selection of places to live. What the hell is up with that.

  • Philosopher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    Patricia, that has got to be one of the dumbest things I have ever read on these message boards, and that's an accomplishment.

    When ignorance and fear rules the day, any attempt at understanding or reason goes out the door to attack the other .

    Without immigrants this province and entire country would be up the creek with no paddle in sight.

  • ed
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    For those compalining about immigrants causing the homelessness - please do not start expressing these dumb comments in public places like a news paper board. There is nothing wrong with holding certain feelings so long as they are based on facts. The fact is Nfld is the only place that is hurting in the country because too few immigrants care to call it home. And it is NOT funny having few newcomers. It saps the province of new talent, new growth opportunities and new ways to improve the life for those who already live here. We need to actively invest to attract a lot more immigrants but our Govt is parochial, there is TON of nepotism in hiring and retention and they will not let new blood in due to the same fear as expressed by people like Patricia

  • what!
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    How did we get from one specific homeless male to blanket condemnation of all immigrants ?
    There are many ignorant people in our NL society who are on an ant-immigrant default position and will never change .They are Nl's version of the American Red Neck .I wonder if our Wildlife Division could cull this noisy segment of our population who envy the talent and education of this highly educated and successful immigration group.

  • cher
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    i agree completely with patricia

  • Jeff
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Patricia, you have no idea what you're speaking about, you xenophobic cow. Go back to where you came from -- it they'll take you back in the tarpits.

  • Julia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    As a former employee of the province - I can tell you a single male is put at the very bottom of the list to receive affordable housing. Market conditions outside of subsidized housing are ridiculous - unless you're very lucky or making a very good income - it's hard for anyone to afford to pay rent anymore.

  • Leslie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Guys read the aticle its not about Jack or Patricia its about a homeless man & his daughter. I think once he gets his operation the govt will have to step in unless they want to see his daughter living on her own in a van too!!!

  • Stop The Racket
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    Welcome to Danny Williams great HAVE Province. As long as you allready HAVE everything is just great.

  • Patricia
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    response to jeff from Clarkes Beach. Wow such a angry person. Please take your rude, nastiness else where. I guess i hit a nerve with you lol. Oh i'm where i belong. When you pay my bills then you have a say other than that stick a sock in it. To bad you were dragged up instead of raised up tata a** hole

  • Amy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    what i dont get is all of the other low income single people who are not out there going to the newspapers???? umm, how many newfies are living with roomates and sharing rent because they cant afford to live on their own, or the numerous people living in boarding houses?? you dont see all of them complaining. a LOT of people move in with their girlfriends/boyfriends, and really, her rent would only go up in portion to what you make, so you would just pay your fair share of the rent, rather than take a subsidized house from a parent with kids, or a disabled person. when i was younger, i was in school and working part time, so i looked in the paper and moved in with a family who wanted a boarder. and another time i shared an apartment with a cousin. these are not abnormal things people! there is no need for him to be homeless .

  • stephanie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Yes I Have To Agree With Sheeba.There Are Sooooooo Many Out There In Housing That Shouldnt Be There. Get Them People Outt That ShouldnT Be There And Put People Who REALLY Need It Into It. And Randy Im Young I Have No Job I Have A Child, But Im Going To School. I Have No Doors Opening For Me ...What The Hell Is Up With That ?????

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    Wow. A couple of people comment about xenophobia - quite correctly - and the real right wing hate really comes out. I suppose Patricia must be the last of the Beothuck. And Jack, while we're being so politically correct, what's wrong with being black?? Look up racist while you're at it.

  • Brian
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    The thing is: If one is on social assistance, they will receive 740 bucks per month. With this 740 bucks they generally live in bedsitting rooms which cost about 300 to 400 per month with very little remaining. This man is working poor. There are quite a lot of people in this predicament. While I do feel sympathy for this man, he is not alone and it is possible for him to find housing other than his van.

  • captain
    July 01, 2010 - 20:25

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black, Jeff from Clarkes beach!! I am sure if he had been a male you would not have used the word cow would ya?? So in your defense of the immigrants as you attack her so called xenophobic tendencies by making a sexist comment!! I say xenophobic (one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin.) as no where in that letter do I fell she is fearful or scared by immigrants, she simply wishes for a level of inclusion that is often unbelievable lucrative to a new immigrant to be extended to citizens born and bred in this country.

    You my friend are I do believe are part of the so called new left , the new hate spewing crowd !!

  • mom
    July 01, 2010 - 20:21

    A double hernia awaiting operation prevents Mr. Hex from taking more hours. Is there any word on when he can have the surgery done? He won't be able to work immediately after the surgery and will have to talk to a social worker about where he will be staying then. Perhaps if he can get into the hospital to have his surgery done he will become a priority. Then, when he heals after his surgery if he has a place to live he should be able to keep it. I wish you good luck with everything Mr. Hex.

  • Laura
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    I agree with Amy!
    There are lots of shared accomodations for single people.You may pay 300.00 a month for a room but that can at least hold you until you find yourself somethijng better or your time comes for sub housing.I've lived with roomates before as well.And family who were not my immediate family.
    I am from Ontario and moved here years ago.I'm just getting by.I am also half black.But some people may be seeing people of another skin color other than white and automatically think hey they aren't from here ! when really they were born and raised here.So becareful what you say!

  • Mike
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Generally I am would have a cynical opinion on a story like this.
    However quite simply all I have to say is, No 'Working' man or woman should have to endure nights in a vehicle for Shelter.

  • john
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    Patricia Patricia Patricia, I TOTALLY agree with you our people should come first always, not the immigrants that are here .Send them back to where they came from ......and for the people who don't like this comment send them along with them there no good for nothing as well

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    Maybe if they weren't opening the borders to so many immigrants there wouldn't be a problem with our citizens being homeless. This is one thing that annoy me so much. We seem to give so much more to immigrants and our own has to suffer for it. It's time our people come first then consider the immigrants

  • Sheeba
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    It is a shame that this man has to be in this situation. Unfortunately there is a lot of abuse out there as far as the system goes, so those who really need the housing can't get it. I'm not saying this as far as everybody goes. It's just that some are capable of working that just don't or some ware working under the table and getting the extra income. Newfoundland housing-please get this man a house. He deserves it since he is trying. Not even a dog should live under these circumstances.

  • Jack
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Since James Hex has a permanent disability, he should be moved to the top of the list for affordable housing, not the bottom.

    Perhaps now is the time for the Williams Government to start making a more diligent effort in building more affordable housing units, especially in communities with low vacancy rates like Corner Brook.

  • I KNOW THIS MAN
    July 01, 2010 - 20:12

    I just read the article on here and the comments left above...

    Its funny how so many people can lose track of the issue at hand. I know this man and his daughter as they used to be a neighbor of mine, You couldn't ask for a better person or father even waking me at 3 in the morning to see if I had fever meds for his daughter, then walking half way cross town to get them to her).
    This man would help you with anything, He is looking for help to get a affordable living for himself and his Beautiful daughter, who is the love of his life. It is sad to see that there isw no help out there for our own Citizen here in St.John's.
    I look at him working hard(wanting more hours but has a serious hereria in his belly that bigger than a baby growing) ,also taking care of his daughter and trying to start a new life. But its hard to do when you dont have stable living enviroment.

    I wish him nothing but the best. And if anyone on that waiting list deserves a home it him for himself and his daughter.

    Everyone remember he has a daughter too and he is doing all this for her. Please show your support and leave all your nasty comments to yourselfs.

    Everyone deserves a House, But
    Mr. Hex is looking to make a home.

  • Peter
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    Hi James. I feel sorry for you it is not your fault blame the lousy medical system that you can't get back to work and make an income to suport yourself.
    People you got it all wrong it is the lack of a deasent medical system and the skyrocketing housing cost that keeps a person down in the dumpts when things go wrong.
    Howe lovely Newfie were when 9-11 hit but they were going home sap and not a burten on you but now you showin your true color. Time to close your mouth and open your pocket book.

  • Sheila
    July 01, 2010 - 20:05

    Hex also does not want to negatively affect his girlfriend's own financial status, as she is currently in subsidized housing.

    In other words affect her welfare I would think....shame shame on him for wanting to take a unit form a deserving person. Just how many night will be live there or will it just be an address for his mail?

  • Simon
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    'the powerless have too much.' Racism and classism abound Ah, the mindless voice of the lumpen. Sounds like a Newfoundland tea party.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    What's with some of you people on here Do you make it a point to come here to vent and put a spin on comments? You Ed there was no mention of immigrants causing homeless. Pointly to even explain it to you. It seems you had your mind made up. As for you Poltically Incorrect no one here not even Jack said one thing about blacks? Maybe it's you who need to look up racist, since your the one with the problem. Don't tell me how i or anyone should feel about what Mr Hex is dealing with clearly some of you have no idea how different immigrants are treated over someone such as Mr Hex who pays taxes. I don't feel some of you are worth the bother. Next time some of you have personal problems in your home. Tkae it else where. Pompous a$$es I won't even bother addressing you about this again. Instead of you comments. Maybe open your eyes and not your traps first tata

  • carl
    July 01, 2010 - 20:00

    how quick people forget... Karma?

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:59

    Randy,
    I agree with you 100%. I know several females in these situations who seem to put zero effort into life because the handouts keep coming.

  • Kayla
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    Omg I have never seen such ignorance! This man is homeless and some of you people care less! And for some of you to believe that females get priority over others is absolutly absurd! I am a 21 year old single mother of a 14 month old boy, I have been on the waiting list for a house for over a year, right now I am between family members and friends homes, it is such a burden for me to have to stay with people, and when I called housing to explain my situtation the lady (if you can call her that) pretty much told me to bad. I am not working because I cannot afford a babysitter and I was also turned down for subsidy. It hurts me so much to see what some people from this province have to say about people who need help. I want to be able to work, I do not want to mooch off the government, I had to quit college because it was either a babysitter or food for my son. I am not on welfare and they say I am cabable of working, which I am, but who will watch my child? Now that you are deemed a monster (some of you) I hope you feel proud for making someone feel like sh*t... Have a good day

  • Carole
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    How very 'humanitarian' of you, Mike.

  • Randy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    I fell bad for James. A working man with no place to live. If James was a young rebellious, jobless female with a child, doors would open and he would have a selection of places to live. What the hell is up with that.

  • Philosopher
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    Patricia, that has got to be one of the dumbest things I have ever read on these message boards, and that's an accomplishment.

    When ignorance and fear rules the day, any attempt at understanding or reason goes out the door to attack the other .

    Without immigrants this province and entire country would be up the creek with no paddle in sight.

  • ed
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    For those compalining about immigrants causing the homelessness - please do not start expressing these dumb comments in public places like a news paper board. There is nothing wrong with holding certain feelings so long as they are based on facts. The fact is Nfld is the only place that is hurting in the country because too few immigrants care to call it home. And it is NOT funny having few newcomers. It saps the province of new talent, new growth opportunities and new ways to improve the life for those who already live here. We need to actively invest to attract a lot more immigrants but our Govt is parochial, there is TON of nepotism in hiring and retention and they will not let new blood in due to the same fear as expressed by people like Patricia

  • what!
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    How did we get from one specific homeless male to blanket condemnation of all immigrants ?
    There are many ignorant people in our NL society who are on an ant-immigrant default position and will never change .They are Nl's version of the American Red Neck .I wonder if our Wildlife Division could cull this noisy segment of our population who envy the talent and education of this highly educated and successful immigration group.

  • cher
    July 01, 2010 - 19:52

    i agree completely with patricia

  • Jeff
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Patricia, you have no idea what you're speaking about, you xenophobic cow. Go back to where you came from -- it they'll take you back in the tarpits.

  • Julia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    As a former employee of the province - I can tell you a single male is put at the very bottom of the list to receive affordable housing. Market conditions outside of subsidized housing are ridiculous - unless you're very lucky or making a very good income - it's hard for anyone to afford to pay rent anymore.

  • Leslie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Guys read the aticle its not about Jack or Patricia its about a homeless man & his daughter. I think once he gets his operation the govt will have to step in unless they want to see his daughter living on her own in a van too!!!

  • Stop The Racket
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    Welcome to Danny Williams great HAVE Province. As long as you allready HAVE everything is just great.

  • Patricia
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    response to jeff from Clarkes Beach. Wow such a angry person. Please take your rude, nastiness else where. I guess i hit a nerve with you lol. Oh i'm where i belong. When you pay my bills then you have a say other than that stick a sock in it. To bad you were dragged up instead of raised up tata a** hole

  • Amy
    July 01, 2010 - 19:47

    what i dont get is all of the other low income single people who are not out there going to the newspapers???? umm, how many newfies are living with roomates and sharing rent because they cant afford to live on their own, or the numerous people living in boarding houses?? you dont see all of them complaining. a LOT of people move in with their girlfriends/boyfriends, and really, her rent would only go up in portion to what you make, so you would just pay your fair share of the rent, rather than take a subsidized house from a parent with kids, or a disabled person. when i was younger, i was in school and working part time, so i looked in the paper and moved in with a family who wanted a boarder. and another time i shared an apartment with a cousin. these are not abnormal things people! there is no need for him to be homeless .

  • stephanie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Yes I Have To Agree With Sheeba.There Are Sooooooo Many Out There In Housing That Shouldnt Be There. Get Them People Outt That ShouldnT Be There And Put People Who REALLY Need It Into It. And Randy Im Young I Have No Job I Have A Child, But Im Going To School. I Have No Doors Opening For Me ...What The Hell Is Up With That ?????

  • Politically Incorrect
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    Wow. A couple of people comment about xenophobia - quite correctly - and the real right wing hate really comes out. I suppose Patricia must be the last of the Beothuck. And Jack, while we're being so politically correct, what's wrong with being black?? Look up racist while you're at it.