posted on Mar, 21 2020 @ 10:13 PM
a reply to: face23785
Regarding Hawaii, Waikiki is very nice, if you're on 7-10 day vacation. However, most people do not venture outside of the tourist traps and see the
"Real" Hawaii. You can't even use an EBT/SNAP Food card in Waikiki, all the stores purposely do not take that, for obvious reasons regarding the
homeless. The city & state do not want homeless people in Waikiki. After living here for many years (about 5), I call my home state (Seattle, WA)
paradise. It really is! It took me a long time to adjust and get over the feeling of what is called "rock fever." Most people who move to Hawaii move
right back after 3months to 1 year.
The first thing I noticed regarding this CV pandemic in MSM, is that for weeks, there was not one mention of the homeless. The shelter I was staying
in did not say one word about what was going on. No notices, no PSA, absolutely nothing. I had to leave a week ago because I couldn't pay the dues for
this month. Last month my case manager was nice enough to waive the cost, but I couldn't ask again so I ended up leaving. I did see in the Honolulu
paper that the specific shelter I was staying in is now taking precautions and screening incoming clients before admitting them into the shelter. But
it seems like we were literally the last people on the TODO list.
I (we homeless) may not get anything. I am registered with the state's DHS for GA and have a EBT card that can be used for both food and cash, but it
has not been loaded once this year for either. Since the beginning of the year, I was denied and the state made an appointment for me to go a
vocational job training since they do not deem me incapacitated. If I said I had a drug problem, I get food & cash benefits, but then I have to go a
drug treatment center or drug rehab. Really stupid.
You mentioned that people in my position may not be able to cash a check, and that is very true. I realized while writing this out that this stimulus
package could very well be loaded right onto an EBT card. While many do not have a bank account, I do, I've always been able to keep my free checking
account from being overdrawn or closed.