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Homeless Work Solution


Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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To solve homelessness for a night, you need a shelter. To solve it for good, you need work. This is the message of a New York City–nonprofit called The Doe Fund. Since 1990, its Ready, Willing & Able programs have been a remarkable success both civically and financially. What is so unique? To be eligible for housing, food, and services, you are required to work. What do the homeless get? Safe housing, nutritious meals, drug prevention, GEDs, career counseling, job placement, further education, and stipends from the work programs. So what does the community get? A much better one at a reduced price.

Santa Barbara area shelters can learn plenty from any of the five Ready, Willing & Able facilities. Our current business model of providing for the homeless is not effective. Take a walk through Chase Palm Park to see for yourself. Mandatory work programs are the proven solution and should be the standard for all area shelters. Santa Barbara is both an innovative and generous town. We are all capable working for our food.

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Ummmmmm....

You also need a *willingness* and *ability* to work.

48% of the homeless on State St don't have the ability to work.
48% don't have the willingness

4% want to work and are able but social service programs to get them from State St. to a job are COSTLY and typically serve the people that run the programs far better than their "customers".

So the short and mid-term solution is to roll out laws that kick homeless people off State street to reduce public masturbation, urination, defacation, aggressive panhandling, blockage of right of way and other hostile and aggressive tactics that hurt, annoy, bother and drive law abiding citizens away from down town.

But brace yourself for 200 people to show up at city hall and scream, yell, protest, speechify, plead, beg and expound on why *any* action to remove people with these behaviors from State street is the end of the world, the end of compassion and the end of life as we know it.

willy88 (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What portion of those homeless that would even be willing to work would be classified as employable? Take away those that are unwilling to work, those with substance abuse issues and those with psychiatric problems and criminal behavior issues that make them unable to effectively work and what do you have left?

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2013 at 1:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany - you're saying that the expense will be small AND the payoff per capita big? Please expound.

Adonis_Tate (anonymous profile)
October 20, 2013 at 8:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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