This is a great concept and kudos for the folks out there turning ideas into
actions to help this population as a whole by individualizing services based on
need to help get them stabilized! It's at least something opposed to the
overwhelming amount of help that some of the other people commenting on this
topic are contributing. Seriously? It is a start to help assess people as
individuals with individual barriers not how the general public just categorizes
them as "homeless". Please stop criticizing and give it a chance. Why
can't we come together as a community to help support and contribute
instead of judging and airing our personal opinions that DO NOTHING FOR THIS
ISSUE btw.... it takes ACTION, not words. so be about it and quit griping about
it! If you have a better way, all the support in the world to MAKE IT HAPPEN!
Then you have just grounds to air your opinion because at least you attempted to
help with a solution!
Re: Egyptian origins - Salt Lake City, UTThere are people suffering
from mental illness in all stratas of our society. That doesn't mean that
we should just sit by and watch the crime in the Rio Grande area go from bad to
worse. Many of the decent homeless people can work and become self sufficent if
only the liberals will get out of their way.Let's be honest.
The problem was over Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski's head, and the
State of Utah finally had to step in when she allowed the problem to finally
spiral out of control.
C"MON Third try screen name - Mapleton, UTI used my experience
volunteering at Vincent de Paul Dining Hall to show that the people Egyptian
origins lumps together as "being considered mentally ill" are happy to
work. I can name several food chains that frequently hire people with mental
disabilites.It is counter productive for the homeless people to sit
and wait for government to make it all better for them.
Did Finn just call me a liberal?As for the comment itself, I thought
this program was a wide sweep to hire the homeless in the open economy, but if
we are just talking about thrift stores and soup kitchens they will probably be
@Third try screen name - Mapleton, UT says: "We must assume that the
homeless lack basic life skills and will need more coaching than just rehab and
a job offer."Why are liberals always to reluctant to assume that
people are totally helpless?Have you ever worked in the Vincent de
Paul Dining Hall? I have. They employee former homeless people who do a
marvellous job. Stop putting them down!
A job requires dependability and punctuality.In that spirit, I
suggest that graduating seniors from the U MARRY homeless people. That way, they
can provide the stability needed for this jobs program to work. The spouse could
make sure they take their meds, keep them on the wagon, make sure they eat/wear
socks/take a bath, and get them out the door in the morning.Surely
the U grad can balance the checkbook and send the rent check.We must
assume that the homeless lack basic life skills and will need more coaching than
just rehab and a job offer.
@Egyptian originsWhy would you want to paint the homeless with a
broad brush as being mentally ill?Federal law requires employers to
give people with mental illness a fair chance to work, and many organizations
offer support and counseling.Stop making excuses and start expecting
people to discover the dignity that comes with being able to support themselves.
Egyptian origins - Salt Lake City, UT says: "With the homeless being
considered mentally ill ..."Homelessness isn't a mental
illness. Yes there are some individuals in the homeless population that are
mentally ill but to lump them all in that category is sick. I have
a sweet neighbor with Down Syndrome. She doesn't want to be babied. She
has a job and takes pride in it.Get A Job!!!!!
With the homeless being considered mentally ill, it makes all the sense in the
world to tell them to get a job. We even have our Governor today announcing that
he wants to do away with Medicaid, so that these mentally ill homeless can go
without health insurance making them pay for it with their dignified part-time
fast food job. Way to go Utah!
Given the present economic climate anyone who wants to work can get a job. Not
necessarily a high paying job, but a job none the less. Those who are homeless
obviously don't want the jobs available. They get by with begging or
having the local do-gooders provide for them without effort on their part. The politicians don't understand the dynamic of reward and
punishment having the effect of increasing or decreasing the problem. The local
liberals and politicians have rewarded undesirable behavior (homelessness) for
years and have seen the corresponding increases. This will not change as long
as the current reward system is in place.
I am thinking they best prioritize law enforcement and helping the communities
that are now impacted by lawlessness and homeless invasion when they scattered
those in Rio Grande. So frustrating that this known repercussion of the
operation is allowed to cascade across helpless communities.... And now the pols
want to just have town hall meetings about this known fallout? YOU created it
YOU fix it. This negligence is your accountability and responsibility to fix.
Are you listening Mr. Speaker and Mrs. Mayor?
Providing opportunities for people to get jobs and become self dependent is
wonderful. The alternative is to provide them with welfare and free stuff
without the requirement for them to put out any effort.Separate
those who want to work from those who don't and provide the appropriate
Great. Let's make room for them in the workforce by enforcing immigration
laws.(I'm guessing the politicians won't like my idea.)