I reside in a shelter that forbids you to have a table or a chair in your room. However, you are allowed to have a flat screen television. How is one to process that stipulation?
Such a mandate encourages a lifestyle where there is assimilation to lying around and watching television. There is no way for you to comfortably sit up in a room designed in such a manner. The bed is barely a couple of inches off of the floor. Therefore, sitting in a posture that isn’t damaging to your body is out of the question.
If your life necessitates that you read, write, use a lap top, etc., it is not an option that you will be able to do so in a comfortable, or even healthy, way in a shelter that doesn’t allow residents to have a table or chair.
The no table/no chair rule doesn’t foster an atmosphere of productivity. As a matter of fact, it makes me feel like I’m being institutionalized in manner that is similar to imprisonment. Again, what message does that send to a person who is residing in a homeless shelter?
-The Homeless New Yorker