Jesus fuck this woman is so hateful. I tell her that Utah has practically ended homelessness by giving them homes and the first thing she asks is how long do they keep them.
Okay, that question is expected so I tell her forever which she says bullshit. Then I read a passage from the news that…
I guess I can’t really blame her for assuming that all homeless people are drug addicts even though it isn’t true at all, at least for the majority of them. It’s sad that most people look at a homeless person and assume the worst and it’s mostly because we live in a world where it’s just harder and harder to trust strangers unless you interact and get to know them.
How is Utah exactly providing homeless folks homes? Surely they don’t stay forever, that’s for sure, probably have a program in place to help them get back on their feet by finding a job, rehab, healthcare, maybe another place to live assuming the place isn’t a shelter of some kind.
Also, how much does this cost? Taxpayers are probably paying for this which is another subject I’m sure she would have ripped apart by saying something like “we’re paying to help homeless druggies” or something like that. But it is a touchy subject for a lot of people because don’t like the idea of their taxpayer money being paid to find things in general.
I guess in the end of the day, people should look at this as a positive because, if successful, less homeless people are off the street and are being helped to find jobs which in the long run just benefits every person, state and country overall.
I think it’s less that she doesn’t trust stranger and more that she never thinks other people have lives and stories that might affect their behavior.
From what I can find online, they built a 100 apartment building and moved in the homeless without any strings attached. No drug tests, nothing. I’m sure some don’t stay, they might manage to get jobs and move out but I don’t think they’re kicked out if they don’t turn their lives around. I’ve found nothing insinuating that they would. And yeah each one is assigned a caseworker to help them turn their lives around and I imagine that they have access to rehab as well.
As for cost, it saves taxpayers thousands of dollars. “In 2005, Utah calculated the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for an average homeless person was $16,670, while the cost of providing an apartment and social worker would be $11,000." Add to that the fact that after getting houses most of the homeless people can go on to find jobs and boom, you have a lot more people contributing to those taxpayer dollars. Really this is a win win for everyone.
And it makes sense, if a homeless person has a drinking problem, maybe not enough to fuck them over completely but enough to cause some trouble, well, it’s illegal to be drunk in public right? So they’ll go to jail a lot more often because they can’t exactly get drunk anywhere but public. Give them a home and suddenly they don’t have to go to jail since they can be drunk in private.
I really don’t see much of a downside to this. After all “10.7 percent of [homes] — more than 14. 2 million — are vacant all year round for some reason or another, according to the Census Bureau.” and “There are 610,042 people experiencing homelessness on any given night in the United States." That’s… more than enough empty homes for the homeless. And yeah I can see some people getting uppity about how the homeless get their homes for free while the rest of us have to pay, but the homeless aren’t getting huge houses, they’re getting apartments or little houses. And wouldn’t you like it if you ever became homeless for someone to care and help you? Plus I’m sure once most of them get a job and back on their feet they’ll move to a better house/neighborhood.
This program is working, it’s proven to work, so I see no reason to not keep at it. Here’s the wikipedia page for the Housing First Program for some additional info.
Lol, sorry for stretching and fulling your dash with text. I didn’t mean to but that latest subject just got to me, considering my history with Crohns and just sparked my interest to see what other nonsense she’s been saying. Still want to look through them, but I won’t comment on every one of them…at least try not to flood your dash with massive text lol.
Thanks for answering my questions and chatting about it.