Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Nevada Families Struggle with Poverty: How to help the Homeless
Here's a way to help the homeless in America and its what is being done in Las Vegas, help them yes. Give them a temporary place to stay and food etc yes, but also help them get on their feet. So they can support themselves and this gets to Job Placement and Housing Placement. So they have the resources to support themselves and be Self Sufficient but also have a place to live. And this just has to deal with the Homeless Population who are unemployed, who are sorta down on their luck and perhaps were evicted. Maybe their Unemployment Insurance ran out or something. And it looks like this Las Vegas Program is targeted at that faction of the Homeless Population. This is what we should've been doing all along to help the Homeless Population, especially the homeless who are just unemployed. To help them get back to work and that might get to additional Job Training so they can get another job in another field. Instead of just essentially warehousing people by giving them a meal and a cot for a night and then sending them back on the street the next day. This approach empowers homeless people because it helps them get back on their feet to become productive Tax Payers again. Instead of collecting Public Assistance or begging for money or food on the street. If you want people to remain homeless, give them a meal and cot in a Homeless Shelter for a night. And then put them back on the street the next day or better yet don't do anything for them. Because your indifferent or you don't give a damn about them. But if you want to help homeless people, give them a meal, give them a room like you would see in a Housing Center. Not Homeless Shelter and they are different and them help them get a job so they can support themselves and then help them find their own place to stay. And then they'll no longer be homeless but Self Sufficient productive people. Who are paying into Public Services instead of collecting it.
Another way to help homeless people or to prevent homelessness in the future, is how we help our unemployment and welfare populations. Both of these populations who collect from Unemployment and Welfare Insurance have Time Limits on how long they can collect that assistance. So during that period, what we should be doing as a country is putting these people to work. With the unemployed, that just might mean finding them another job that they can support themselves with. But with our Welfare Population, the reason why they are on Welfare Insurance to begin with, is because they don't have the skills that they need to support themselves and their families. And this gets to education, Job Training and Job Placement, so they can get the skills that they need to get a good enough job in order to support themselves and their families. Which would be an investment up front but would pay off in the long term because they would become Tax Payers instead of Tax Collectors.
The good news in the "War on Poverty" and War on Homelessness if you want to call them that. I prefer to use the term war for the military or Law Enforcement myself. But the good news is that we have the resources already as a country to deal with Homelessness in America. To empower them to get themselves on their feet. Section Eight Public Housing to fiance their temporary stay in a Housing Center. Unemployment Insurance to fiance to help sustain them while they are in transition to getting on their feet . And Medicaid to cover their Health Insurance while they are in transition. So this something as a nation we should be doing.