Sep 29, 2016 1:42 AM GMT
Washington, D.C., Miami, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles are all struggling with surging homeless populations, but will change only come after the nonhomeless are affected?
The issue of urban homelessness again made headlines following the death of a gay man in Miami — the husband of an AIDS organization executive director — after he was shoved to the ground by a transient arrested 29 times previously.
Spouses Thomas Lang Jr. (pictured, right) and Stephen Dutton were walking in downtown Miami last week when they encountered Evans Celestin panhandling. Celestin is a regular fixture in the area and has been known to hassle locals and visitors, according to the Miami Herald. When Lang took a photo of Celestin — allegedly to report his behavior to authorities — the homeless man ran over and shoved him to the ground. The 71-year-old man's head hit the pavement, and he died after being taken to the hospital.
The couple were relatively new to the city; Dutton, 68, ran the Samaritan House of Fort Worth, Texas, for 20 years before he and Lang retired to Miami four years ago.