Sunday, February 09, 2014

"100000 homes" for the homeless explained on CBS 60 Minutes by Anderson Cooper and a former Army officer/social entrepreneur

I hadn’t been aware that Anderson Cooper reports on 60 minutes, but Sunday night, in competition with the Sochi Winter Olympics, he interviewed Ingrid McIntrye, former Army officer, about the effectiveness of the “100,000 Homes” campaign, a program, largely subsidized by federal grants with some help from private builders and groups, to put homeless people into simple apartments before expecting them to find jobs. The segment for this report was based on the experience in Nashville. (Apparently Anderson didn’t go to Sochi. Neither did I.)
The link is here.
Social workers and college or graduate students would go into areas where homeless live and interview them to get medical statistics.  Homeless people could get apartments for agreeing to be interviewed.  The would be expected to pay a maximum of 30% of what they made, including social security disability, as rent.

The program looks for the long term homeless, who have run out of places to crash and alienated all of their "friends". 
McIntyre asserted that the program saves taxpayers money, even if it seems to bypass bad behavior, like alcohol and drug abuse, which is common among the homeless.

One Nashville landlord was asked why he allowed a few apartments to be used by the homeless and he said, “None of us got where we are without taking risks.  Sometimes you have to take risks for somebody else.”  I’ve heard elders of the LDS Church say that in television interviews.   

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