posted on Aug, 22 2005 @ 11:08 PM
training, a temporary home and a job? What would happen?
Ok, I was waiting in the financial aide office today talking with a friend of mine. Somehow the conversation drifted to homelessness. We were just
thinking of ways to help the homeless. I figured I'd post and see what you guys think:
We were thinking that if there were programs that provides training (basic math, english, computer skills, etc) and life skills (cooking, money saving
and management, etc) It may even work with companies and provide some type of benefit to employers that hire people from the program. Will a program
like this work? Will people even use it?
In my old neighborhood I counted 3 large abandoned apartment buildings. Together I'd say there could house maybe 100-200 people - assuming people
doubled up to maybe 2-4 in one apartment. What if they were converted to a low/no -rent shelter for the homeless. It could be rented out for only a
few months time - enough time to save up and establish a full time job and maybe a savings account. You had to show proof of a job every so often to
keep the space or show that you are attending job training and searching for a job. What about this, would it work?
We were both sure that similar programs exist. But it doesn't seem that people are taking advantage of them. I know as I'm driving through downtown
DC and even around my own neighborhood, I'll see several homeless begging with signs. A few years ago, I knew a particular store was about to open
and was hiring as much help as they could. I pointed this out to one man I saw with a sign and he cursed me out for not giving him change! To make
it's worst, I've had homeless people turn there noses up at extra cheeseburgers and I bought espiecally for them. I just figured they were just
whinos. Of course, every homeless person you see on the street will not fall in that small catergory.
So, sometimes I wonder if this thinking is just wasted? If these programs exist (or are in the planning) will the homeless even take advantage of
[edit on 22-8-2005 by Shaione]