The idea of doing more for people with needs rather than less — even with private, not government, funds! — is, it turns out, anathema.
This is Nickelsville, a Seattle tent city that has been operating since 2008. The city and its residents find a place to set up camp, and live there until they are forced to relocate.
When you look at all the solutions together it would, actually, be very simple to end homelessness. It’s when you look at the logistical problems of each individual solution that you realize it isn’t that simple at all.
The myth of the “good poor” kills me, the idea that people should have to point to their accomplishments and credentials to make clear that they don’t deserve to have to live on the street. No one should have to live on the street.
I think the title of this Guardian article speaks for itself: Homeless and working for Amazon: the trap of the seasonal job cycle.
To be fair, Amazon is very upfront that they rely on a seasonal workforce, mostly because: Christmas.
Well, this is very sad:
Shanesha Taylor, a woman from Scottsdale, Arizona, is homeless. So when she got asked to come in for a job interview last Thursday, she must have been excited by the prospect. But when you’re homeless, there isn’t always an easy way to take an hour off from watching your kids to be at an interview. That’s how Taylor, 35, wound up losing her children to Child Protective Service — and losing out on the potential job.
Here is link to a Kickstarter project that I think is really different and wonderful. “They Call Me Clean-up” is a project for a book that will be written by a homeless man named James. His street name is Clean-up because he is very often sweeping the Oakland neighborhood he lives in.
Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan has a very good profile of George McDonald and the DOE Fund, a New York nonprofit that has proven itself to be particularly effective when it comes to putting an end to homelessness.