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Census counts


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by the Associated Press
A legion of clipboard-toting
counters set out yesterday for
shelters, subways and steam grates
in the broadest attempt ever to find
out the extent of homelessness since
it became a national disgrace in the
No one expects the $2.7 million,
one-night U.S Census Bureau effort
to yield a precise tally of Americans
with no fixed address. Critics fear an
undercount will discourage the
government from housing and
feeding the homeless.
"It's akin to looking for needles
in haystacks," said David Hayden,
founder of the advocacy group
Justice House Community in
suburban Washington, D.C. "If
people with clipboards can find
them, so can people with 2-by-4s
who want to rob them. They should
spend the money on decent,
affordable housing."
But the Census Bureau has hired
15,000 enumerators - the federal
euphemism for headcounters - to
find the homeless in their untidy
world of shelters, roosts and
hideouts. The government wants to
know their name, age, sex, race and
marital status.
"This may give us the first
handle on the magnitude of the prob-
lem but not necessarily the true size
of it," said Kenneth Meyer, assistant
regional census manager in New
Estimates of the homeless
population now range from 250,000
to 3 million. .
The counters, many of whom are
homeless and will be paid $7.50 an

hour, got six hours of training
before hitting the streets. In New
York City alone, 2,167 sites have
been tagged as places where the
homeless congregate.
The Michigan search centered in
decaying pockets of Detroit but also
included such areas as resort-rich
Traverse City.
"There's homeless everywhere,"
said regional census spokesman Jerry
Blocker in Detroit. "You just have
to look hard in some places."
Ashley expected to find only
about 80 percent of Lansing's esti-
mated 1000 homeless, even less if
the night was cold. Bad weather
would drive them into abandoned
buildings and other corners of the
city census takers wound not dare
Twenty homeless applicants
passed the literacy test and got se-
curity clearance at one of three
Detroit census offices. But when it
came time to hire, the office could
locate only three to tell them they
had the job.
If census workers could not get
detailed information from they were
interviewing, they were told to just
take down head counts and make
their own guesses as to age, sex and
race, Blocker said.
The count was complicated by
last-minute changes.
Shelters for women hiding from
spouse abuse were taken off the list.
Workers feared that photographers

by Daniel Po
Daily MSA Rep
University e
code of non-acad
deputize and arm
ficers have arou
versy on campus
Last night, th
Assembly voted
sues on the Apr
so students cant
to the assembly
on these controv
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Shall th
MSA, or any ot
ments approve ac
of non academic
procedures with
the CODE draf
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Shall MS/
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its own armed se
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to address these]
conservative rep
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Dolgan said. "If
needed an oppo
Women's Iss
sophomore Jenn
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'90 ballot
)ux ready too small number of campus
orter security officers.
fforts to institute a "I don't see how a campus safety
emic conduct and to officer with a gun is going to pre-
campus security of- vent someone from date raping me,
sed student contro- or racially harassing me on the
for several years. street," she said.
e Michigan Student The assembly approved another
to put these two is- referendum dealing with tbe
il 4th and 5th ballot International Student and Minority ,
voice their opinions Affairs Commissions.
and administration The referendum will decidel
ersies. whether ISAC or MAC can select
ums ask students: their own chairs. Presently, the
e administration, assembly selects the chairs for all ot
her student govern- the commissions.
comprehensive code However, the referendum would
conduct or hearing require MSA approval of the com--
out first submitting mission chair before he or she could
t or hearing proce- take their seat.
ent body for a vote? MAC Chair and Engineering
A or the other stu- sophomore Ravi Gadhia said hem:
nts approve of the wanted to students to support the
ichigan establishing proposal, but would press for further
curity officers? action to ensure MAC's autonomy.
it to put these issues "The intent of the original pro,
vote, explained posed change was to guarantee that,
esentative Corey ISAC and MAC elect their own.
of the code referen- chairs with the simple reasoning thaC
SA has been ineffec- members of the minority commuU
the administration's nity and international students are,
most qualified and best able to select8
[SA reps are elected their own chairs," Gadhia said.
issues directly, many He went on to say that, while the;
as have been selling amended ballot question is a com-2
body by supporting promise, MAC and ISAC are not.;
ive power plays," satisfied.
felt the student body "After bringing it up with MAC
ortunity to stop the and ISAC, it was decided that the
amended proposed change would be,
ues Chair and LSA supported, rather than pull it from'
lifer Van Valey and the ballot," the MAC chair said.
d the second referen- "However, regardless of the outcome
stressed the impor- MAC will attempt to change tbre
t input on these is- MSA Constitution in the manner we
had originally intended next fall."

AP Photo
A homeless man sits huddled against the side of a building during a rain
storm in New Yrk, yesterday. A legion of census -takers set out later in
the day for subways and city streets to count the city's homeless.
and television cameras might give 30,000 homeless people live in the
away the location of women in Detroit metropolitan area.
hiding, a Michigan census official Another count March 31 will
said. survey YMCAs, carnivals, fair-
United Community Services in grounds, racetracks and
1984 estimated between 25,000 and campgrounds.

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who arrange for abortions at many
New York City clinics often find
their appointments canceled once
they reveal that they are infected
with the AIDS virus, an informal
survey suggests.
Callers from the city's human
rights commission made appoint-
ments with 30 abortion clinics and
physicians that advertised in the
Yellow Pages. Twenty canceled the
appointment after the caller said she
was infected with the human
immune deficiency virus, or HIV,
but has no symptoms of AIDS.
Katherine Franke, a commission
lawyer who led the informal study,
said 12 clinics said they did not have
adequate infection control while
others said abortion on an HIV-
infected woman was too complicated
a procedure for them to handle and
referred the caller to a hospital.
"Those were the nice responses,"
she said. "On the other end, we had
some that just hung up or said 'We
can't treat your kind.' Many were
very hostile. One nurse responded,
'That's OK, we'll do an abortion for
any kind of blood type."'
Most women with HIV simply
don't tell - "That's they way they
get abortions," Franke said.
But for women who do and are
refused or referred to a crowded
public hospital, the result may be
delay in getting an abortion, which
increases chances of complications.
"The later the abortion, the less safe
it is," she said.
The chances that a woman will
pass the AIDS virus to her baby are
estimated at between 20 and 50
Los Angeles obstetrician-
gynecologist David Grimes said that,
in his experience, half of HIV-

infected woman opt for abortion and
half give birth.
While physicians outside New
York said they too had heard of in-
stances in which HIV-infected
women have been refused treatment
or referred elsewhere, many said they
did not see a widespread problem.
Indeed, Grimes, the chairperson
of Planned Parenthood's medical
advisory committee, said, "I think
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but added that the situation may be
different in East Coast cities, where
more women have HIV.
He did say he often sees patients
referred by other physicians who feel
inadequately prepared to treat HIV-
infected women.
Although women who are HIV-
positive but have no symptoms of
AIDS and no other diseases are
generally at no greater risk than non
HIV women for abortion, he said,
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