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There is not nearly enough money to help all the homeless with high cost housing and social programs. It isn't good for any person (homeless or otherwise) to NOT ask them to work in some way toward self-support.
There needs to be more emphasis on work programs locally. Opportunities for self support are lacking. The largest segment of the homeless population are the newly homeless. Most just want to work again! Since the federal money is not enough to create enough jobs, and we're told to expect a "jobless recovery", Portland in cooperation with local counties should consider (re-) developing sustainable farms to provide part time work and housing for the homeless. This can be done at very low cost on idle public lands. Part time work and self-support will give them dignity.
Local charities and churches are being stressed by the fast growing numbers. If the economy isn't creating green jobs, then let's re-establish 'poor farms' with training and skills certification opportunities. Facilitating self-support for all who are willing to work should be our approach.
And what about this anti-camping law in the meantime? There's no where for most of these people can go, and it is illegal to put up a tent on public lands anywhere in the city. They need a place to go where they have a right to be.
posted 3 years, 7 months ago
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