Hot Air: Two Kinds Of Deadly Poison Killing The Most Vulnerable Unhoused

view of large glass-plated building and paved forecourt
A grand building in Phoenix Arizona, where pavement was so hot in the summer of 2023 that people without homes were hospitalized with 3rd degree burns.

In a recent publication, The Harvard Political Review details two forms pernicious ill-health that is killing increasing numbers of global citizens including Americans. Climate change is one. The other is homelessness, a form of ill-heath becoming ever more serious as suitable shelter becomes more and more important to the survival of the most vulnerable.

2023 was the hottest year on record in America, even as the number of unhoused increased by an “astounding” 12% in the same year. The Harvard Political Review provides a brief history outlining the evolution of the current housing crisis in America. The impact of this crisis is felt most strongly on those who cannot afford to manage their housing lives — in other words, the ‘unhoused.’

Faced with an increasingly expensive national crisis, the astounding political response across the nation has been effectively ‘hot air,’ effectively accusing the ‘unhoused’ — those Americans with the least resources and most vulnerability — as the perpetrators of their own misery. This circular reasoning: the unhoused are to be blamed for the housing crisis because they have allowed themselves to become unhoused.

This unforgivably cruel explanation is currently promulgated across America as the rule rather than the exception. Read more in The Harvard Political Review: Unhoused and Overheated in America