I’m wondering how I might do as a panhandler on a corner of nearby 120th Ave. here in Thornton, CO. There’s a McDonald’s and a King Soopers within walking distance, and maybe a little extra cash would make life more pleasant.
I’ll have to think about it . . .
My comment on this Fox News report follows:
NOT a long-term solution. The homeless shelter / services industry, comprised of both government agencies and private nonprofits, operates by the creed of More Homeless People = More Money. They’re not at all interested in putting themselves out of business by “ending homelessness.”
If they were, we’d see the Tiny House Community model, a cost-effective approach that could be adapted for permanent housing, gaining more support. Instead, the big players in the faux-compassion complex are mostly opposed to Tiny Houses, which can be built for $5,000 or less per unit and make use of land donated for the community site, and require sweat equity from residents, a modest monthly program fee, and a strict agreement to abide by standards of good behavior.
The worst-behaved transients would never be acceptable in this setting, but that’s why we need more secure psychiatric facilities and mandatory substance abuse rehab centers, with jail a certainty for violent homeless offenders.
Every morning at Hungry Asylum, soon after I arise about 6AM, I go online looking for interesting stories and commentaries. Seems I hit the jackpot this morning! (One of the best ideas I’ve ever had was suggesting to the Activities Dept. here that they should purchase a laptop for the use of residents; turns out I’m about the only one who wants it.)
Doesn’t seem like much of a life for any young person, and when I was that age I had lots of better things to do with my time . . .