Homeless Man Goes Berserk In Hyannis – What’s Up With All The HyTown Homelessness?

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HyannisNews.com – Tonight we have your typical ‘HyTown man goes berserks, and smashes front door, while waiving a knife around’ story…

(… sorry, it was all I could find on such a slow and dreary night.)

Last night, police rushed to the Noah Shelter at 77 Winter Street for an out of control man who became violent.
The Noah Shelter, run by the Housing Assistance Corporation, has been an emergency-access homeless shelter for men and women since 1984.

It’s a 60-bed shelter which attempts to provide a safe place for people to sleep. It ordinarily operates at full capacity and has served the local homeless population well.

The thriving shelter is like the ballpark in the popular 1989 movie Field of Dreams…
“You build it, [they] will come…”

… and ‘come’ they have! The homeless and downtrodden flock to HyTown in droves. For decades, it has been an ongoing boon for those who provide services for the homeless in Hyannis… and there’s no end in sight.

Once again Hyannis News proving that it is the best news website on Cape Cod. I’m not really going to comment on the actual story, pontificating on the craziness of some homeless guy is kind of like hitting yourself in the head over and over with a hammer. It feels really good when you stop. I do however have a serious question…

The other day I went with Fat Kid (our ad/operations guy) on his rounds in Hyannis. Usually when I go to Hyannis it’s for a specific purpose, it’s been a while since I’ve driven around the place and I was absolutely flabbergasted by the number of homeless people we saw. I’m pretty sure there are more homeless people per square mile in Hyannis than there are in Boston.

What the hell is the story here? Is it the milder weather on Cape? Are they all from Hyannis or do they move there? Is it because there are 60 person homeless shelters like the above article states? What came first, the chicken or the egg? If you shut down the shelters would the homeless move? All I know is I hope someone smarter than me is thinking of a fix, because if I were a tourist and I witnessed what we saw the other day I would inject Ebola into my eyeballs before I ever went back to Hyannis on vacation.

P.S. Ever wonder why homeless people in the north don’t just start walking south in September? It’s not like they don’t have the time, just get to where it’s warm year round, even birds have that shit figured out.

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