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(CBS San Francisco)   San Jose to offer 'pods' to homeless people. Don't trust them, I've seen this movie before   ( ) divider line 8
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2014-05-01 01:41:20 AM  
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2014-04-30 11:59:22 PM  
2 votes:
Residence for

Please, have a seat. You might feel a slightly weird feeling in your neck. That's just Google rebooting your uh...display.
2014-05-01 01:32:02 PM  
1 vote:
I just finished a 3600 mile road trip through Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, and everywhere I went I saw small towns half empty.  Houses stand vacant with $5000 pricetags, no one wants to live there.

It would be easy enough to relocate the homeless to small towns, charge them $50 a month mortgage on a discount, and let them live where their monthly checks would go farther.

It is actually so bad, Libertarians are advocating socialism because it's better than what we have right now.

3 million homeless in Amerika, 18 million vacant houses?  You do the math.
2014-05-01 09:28:34 AM  
1 vote:
And the mini-fridge in the pods is filled with...
2014-05-01 08:42:17 AM  
1 vote:
2014-05-01 07:56:46 AM  
1 vote:
I think such micro-housing is an earnest attempt to offer a solution, but to the wrong problem.   Based on work I've done supporting social workers, a large number of homeless people -  certainly not all, but a goodly number - have various mental problems, and a common feature of these problems is a highly developed fear of using the kinds of spaces most of us would welcome, if we had no shelter.  Even where more common type overnight communal shelters are available, this segment of the homeless population isn't able to stand living in close proximity to others.  Indeed, in the research we did, a number of the mentally ill homeless had families and friends with homes or apartments that could put them up, but the homeless had paranoia or some other driving motivation that made it impossible for them to come "home".

Building a row of micro-shelters is well-intentioned, but this subset of the homeless population wouldn't want to use them, preferring to carve out a more isolated area that "feels safe" to them.  If they had access to regular doctor care and the right med, many of them could return to more normal ways of living (that was the core of the program we were working on).  Without meds, they get too flakey to show up for regular medical care, even free care -  and they don't show up for counseling, training, or other help to re-integrate into society with any real self-sufficiency.

And while I wouldn't oppose building these things flat-out, it may well be that a simpler and more cost-effective solution is to re-use excess existing housing capacity with subsidized rents, which spreads the population out a bit more and doesn't create a "ghetto" of temporary squatter shacks. A combination of hiring more social workers to be out in the field, helping these homeless people out, plus the subsidized existing housing, I think would help more people for less overall money.

This is of course a separate area of the problem, apart from people who are purely economically disadvantaged ; lost a job and couldn't pay rent or mortgage, etc, - or those displaced by domestic violence, or the many, MANY who come out of the prison system with inadequate means to re-integrate and make a living.   For all of those, some temporary shacks might help, but again, they are in my opinion a well-intentioned but ineffective treatment of a symptom, but not the cause.

I of course would entertain any opposing views.
2014-05-01 07:45:41 AM  
1 vote:
Alice Garden Pods, affordable, convenient, and located in the heart of Hengsha.
2014-04-30 11:51:53 PM  
1 vote:
San Francisco, San Jose.

basically the same.
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