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Forum Post: Homeless need solutions as complex as their problems

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 8:10 a.m. EST by GirlFriday (17440)
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“You can’t fix homelessness by rehabbing 10 old apartment buildings,” Riddle said.

Because whether the housing is affordable, safe and close to schools and bus lines also matters.

Many entry-level factory jobs are in the outlying portions of the metro in Belton, Grandview, to the east and north of the river.

For a family without a reliable car, getting to those jobs is difficult, if not impossible.

Riddle says working families without medical insurance often face a housing crisis when one person develops a serious health condition. She also regularly hears from people who paid their rents religiously, but were evicted when the landlord lost the property. http://www.kansascity.com/2012/01/22/3385388/homeless-need-solutions-as-complex.html


Everything matters. Health care, transportation, the location of grocery stores, schools.

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[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 2 years ago

what we need is to occupy the corporations and give the workers an equal share of the profits. maybe one worker in each corporation would give a shit about a homeless person then.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17440) 2 years ago

In the meantime, homelessness is rising.

[-] 1 points by freewriterguy (882) 2 years ago

you can save alot of money living in the back of your truck or a camping trailer on the street. I bought a home for $800 a month, more like $1100 with all the utilities, and i got a $1200 tax bill due last nov, which i am not going to pay, (there just isnt enough money) the government took my last 1k in savings when it wast time to get my registration stickers on my car and truck in the summer, they said, i couldnt go to work unless my check engine light was fixed, cost me about a 1000k, after fixing it and a new windshield. and they have the gall to send a bill home for my daughters school books too, like we have all this extra money laying around. funny thing is when you drive around my city, the schools are the only ones building billion dollar improvements, makes me wonder...

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17440) 2 years ago

Then you are a paycheck away from homelessness yourself?

[-] 1 points by JPB950 (2254) 2 years ago

The article doesn't say who the homeless primarily are. I get the feeling the problem isn't something we're going to solve. When you start bringing up the homeless needing a home and a car and medical insurance you will find very few people willing to accept the financial responsibility for taking care of an additional family.

[+] -6 points by GirlFriday (17440) 2 years ago

There are different populations. One of the populations are those that are older workers that have been laid off and are too young to collect social security or those whose social security cannot pay rising rents. The answer is obviously not to raise the age to collect social security here. Lift the cap as well. Affordable housing is a must.

Another population are the mentally ill that has increased largely due to deinstitutionalization. Other populations are families or single parent households or LGB&T youth or those who have aged out of foster care.

There wouldn't have been so many different populations if the ball hadn't been dropped.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 2 years ago

changing what is so deeply embeded ... may be an impossible task in the immediate time frame... here's a little different approach that might move us and the system forward in all directions ..

http://occupywallst.org/forum/an-occupation-on-the-edge-of-prosperity-draft/#comment-589115