It is not just young families or the chronic joblessness. I retired recently
and cannot find reasonable housing with my retirement income-- every month we
feel like we are only 30 days away from homeless. My wife became permanently
disabled last year and because we are not yet 65, there is no health insurance
available.Congress want to raise the social security age to 68 or
even 70... but there are not enough jobs available to older people. If this
happens, it will only increase the number of homeless and the demand for low
As I read about shelters, I think about the Cabrini Green high-rise apartment
homes and the Robert Taylor homes (all now torn down) in Chicago. Each of these
was built with the same goal in mind; of providing decent rental housing for the
poor. If you're interested, read about the catastrophe both projects ended
up being, how both turned into ghettos almost immediately, and why both are now
considered the biggest urban renewal flubs in the history of "helping the
poor". Perhaps smaller shelters (as mentioned in this story), spread out
throughout a city, are indeed the answer.
And yet the wealthy in America and around our world have more money and
resources than they can count, But...they never seem to have enough, do they?If only there was a way for those of less means, but larger hearts to be in
included as members of the Congress and Senate of the United States of America.
More of these folks and less of the wealthy could change our world.Fortunately, many of the kind and caring in America, are working hard to
provide a roof over the heads of the less fortunate.We all can help these,
sometimes forgotten citizens all year long with any extra resources we may have.
Cabrini green started out as a mixed income development. But yes the design of
those places just made the place into a war zone. Subsidizing housing spread out
was the better choice. The real problem is the lack of segregation to the city.
Some areas are all AA, or all white or all hispanic or all name the next wave of
immigrant Polish or Russian. As each group moves into the area those residents
leave and displace the next community who also seeks to flee. It takes years to
get housing subsidy in Il. You can't gross $1300 a month and
afford anything. A shelter, meaning a room that is shared or not, is not a
housing solution. An apartment is. Families are trying to live on this income
and job type for the duration and not just in school.
An excellent comment, T. Smith.Yet there are people out there who
will accuse you of laziness and sloth. Who will whine that if you just bucked
up and worked harder, you wouldn't need help.It's a
tragedy that in this nation we've allowed compassion to be drowned in a cup
I believe that is you qualify for social security benefits because of illness,
you can qualify for medicare. T Smith should look into this possibility. I know
about it because I have Multiple Sclerois. Fortunately, my husband can carry our
Criticizing the "wealthy" will do little to help the problem. The
wealthy are not the reason most people are struggling. Rather, you will likely
find that the Road Home and other productive charities are mostly funded by
these people who have exercised self discipline, hard work and thrift to build a
better life for themselves. There are many reasons for lack of
affordable housing. If you have elected not to get an education or other job
skills and will only make minimum wage for the long term, it will be challenge.
Government funding won't solve the problem. Go to Chicago, Milwaukee or
Detroit. I have worked in the housing projects and they often spiral downward.
Rather than simply provide a solution for lack of affordable housing, we should
be looking at how we can help families in the long term to afford what housing
is available. For the most part, this includes better education or training.
Of course, you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink.
Having lived in the east side of St. Louis, on the Illinois side for 9 years
with a very beneficial welfare system in President Obama's state of choice
and Chicago group, that process didn't work for helping people with the
handouts of food a housing.You have to have responsibility along
with the entitlements. With the types of welfare they had, when people on
welfare were offered $30 - $40 an hour to unload train cars with hazardous waste
and still not lose their benefits, there were no takers. That required work in
a hot and uncomfortable set of clothing.
@ RBB: If wages for the middle class had grown at the same rate as wages for
executives, minimum wage would be over $23/hr. Hostess executives
gave themselves huge raises while reducing the wages of those who made and
delivered the product. Papa John's is more concerned about
shareholders making money than about the line staff having the hours needed to
provide for their families. A recent report by the non-partisan
Congressional Research Service shows that trickle down economics do not work.
All the rich may not be the problem, but they are not the solution
@ JWB: what's the name of that study?
Who is the benevolent landlord? And where is the father? That is a huge
societal problem. Father's not stepping up and supporting the children
they brought into the world! I hope this woman finds a permanent
place for her and her daughter.
I want to know what price makes it "affordable" house. Is it $600/mo,
is it $200/mo, or is it $800/mo? At what point does housing become
Two solutions:All the bleeding heart liberals need to get into the
rental business and offer nice houses for less than it costs to buy, insure, and
maintain them. Problem solved.The "low income" folks need
more or better paying jobs. Like those that would be created if taxes on the
job producers were lowered, and the stifling blanket of over-regulation did not
discourage new or expanded job opportunities. No one will invest their savings,
and their labor to create more or better jobs when the rewards for their
investment are just not worth it. More jobs...better pay... family incomes
increase... and more people can afford better housing. Problem solved.Giving away "free stuff" is a sure way to stifle the desire (or
necessity) for people to understand that benefits come from hard work and good
decisions, and negative things happen from bad decisions.Equality of
opportunity does not guarantee equality of outcomes. Utahns are
charitable people, and WILL help the truly needy who cannot help themselves.