Friday, August 12, 2016

An Idea For the Homeless

The Washington Post reports on an idea to eliminate panhandling in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Run by the city's mayor, the title of the story refers to homelessness but it seems more geared toward panhandling. What do they do? Give them a job cleaning up the city for a day.

Sounds ok, but I'm skeptical about how much this costs and what sort of return the city gets on its investment.


At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Slavery or job opportunities? If they handle it as employment, not as penalties, it is a good deal. It sounds more forced labor like to me though.
This is where the govt over reach extends, & why it's so difficult to literally help the homeless. This one made the news, as did Florida & a few others. Most do not.

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Tim Regan said...

The obvious question is -- can a city adequately insure individuals who might be physically or mentally compromised/incapacitated in some manner?

At 1:11 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

"sounds more forced labor like to me"

They aren't forced to work. They're paid above minimum wage to clean up the city. Doesn't sound like a bad deal to me.

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Sally Sheffield said...

That is a wonderful plan, put into action by the mayor in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is one I've thought of myself and I think it's very sensible. As long as the people are legal Americans, I'm in favor of the plan.

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're not forced to work, they're given decent starting wages? Well then, I'm all for it!
That's what I get for skimming the article. Note to self, don't be in such a hurry.


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