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(ABC 27)   Chinese recycling tycoon treats 250 homeless New Yorkers to a free fancy lunch so he can "disprove the cliche image of rich Chinese spending money mostly on luxuries"   (abc27.com) divider line 60
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2014-06-25 01:40:10 PM  

Felix_T_Cat: ZeroPly: tbeatty: ZeroPly: This is great PR, but... and I'm taking a really wild guess here - I think the #1 priority for the homeless is to stop being homeless...

You're guess would be wrong.  Homelessness in the U.S. is generally by choice.  There are certainly transitory periods by certain people and families but long term homelessness has issues beyond simply ending homelessness.  If he's treating a group of homeless men to lunch, I doubt very much that finding a place to live is on their bucket list.

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A lot of homeless that I have dealt with don't like coming into shelters because there's no way to securely store your possessions. They're afraid someone's going to steal their shoes if they take them off. Plus the shelters have tough rules on alcohol and drugs, and checkin/checkout times.

You're falling into a false dichotomy like a lot of people who have never actually worked with the homeless. You assume that because they don't want to go into shelters, they want to be homeless. Take any homeless person and see if they would prefer a home - where you can lock up your stuff and don't have to get back by 8pm the next day, and where you can drink a fifth a day if you want. Then see if they would choose to live on the streets over living indoors.

This.  My friends and I have been cooperating with social workers to help the homeless for the last couple years.  I don't want to live in a bay of bunk beds with 200 other guys in the same situation.  If it ever happens to me, I'll be living outside.  I showed the spot I picked to some social workers, they said "You've been doing this too long."

Also, even when folks get some kind of funding from the gov't, it may not be enough to cover rent in a clean place and cover other needs.  They may take the funding, but still live outdoors.  Department of Social Services here had put a bunch of guys in a rooming house.  It was so disgusting that while they technically 'had housing' that the county was payi ...


Utah has (somewhat quietly) figured it out.

Even my little city is having some success addressing homelessness by allowing a private group to give people a safe place to live while they get their lives back together.
 
2014-06-25 01:40:46 PM  

Loucifer: If only money could buy self awareness.


That would only lead to unhappiness.
 
2014-06-25 01:46:10 PM  
www.spoonfedcred.com
What a Chinese recycling tycoon looks like
 
2014-06-25 02:10:16 PM  
Astroturfing knows no bounds.
 
2014-06-25 02:23:33 PM  
Will they still be homeless after lunch?

Trillions spent on welfare with nothing to show for it.  Talk about a money hole.   At least this time it wasn't tax money.
 
2014-06-25 02:25:50 PM  

GORDON: Will they still be homeless after lunch?

Trillions spent on welfare with nothing to show for it.  Talk about a money hole.   At least this time it wasn't tax money.


What do you propose we do? I'm sure you have a modest proposal.
 
2014-06-25 03:04:16 PM  
Yeah, but apparently it was all a big joke and the Coke he served had pee pee in it.

Anything? Is this thing on?
 
2014-06-25 03:56:24 PM  

tbeatty: ZeroPly: This is great PR, but... and I'm taking a really wild guess here - I think the #1 priority for the homeless is to stop being homeless...

You're guess would be wrong.  Homelessness in the U.S. is generally by choice.  There are certainly transitory periods by certain people and families but long term homelessness has issues beyond simply ending homelessness.  If he's treating a group of homeless men to lunch, I doubt very much that finding a place to live is on their bucket list.


Your suspicions are wrong.
 
2014-06-25 08:26:06 PM  
No one else noticed it's a repeat?  http://www.fark.com/comments/8303789/
 
2014-06-26 04:49:41 AM  
Take, a homeless man to lunch, this week

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