From personal experience, I can tell you that being homeless (sheltered or un sheltered) is hard when you are trying to hold down a job. Even a part time cleaning job. Taking a shower to get clean for work is just one of the daily hassles. Interviewing for a job without an address is another. The list goes on and on.
Housing first. Getting the homeless indoors. A place to stay where you can cook your food and get cleaned up for work and relax when you come home. Nothing fancy… not a room at the Ritz.
If someone wants to work, but is struggling to hold on to a job because they are not sleeping enough &/or don’t have access to a place to get clean/keep their clothes clean &/or are paying a large part of their paycheck for rent in a temporary place at the Y, can’t there be some priority for these people to get low income housing to get them off the streets?
- Local program provides housing for 35 homeless individuals (bizjournals.com)
- Proven Reforms Help Beat Homelessness Even in Tough Times – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- New homeless law comes into force (bbc.co.uk)