Advice on fighting Twin Cities homelessness

  • Article by: Christopher Jenks
  • Updated: May 4, 2013 - 3:33 PM

It’s great that leaders want to bring the Dorothy Day Center into a new era, but don’t stop there.

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Izzy96May. 3, 1310:03 PM

Start with felons who want to not only survive but be productive people once again. No employment means no income means homelessness and worse, as in recidivism.

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margeanncullenMay. 3, 1311:08 PM

Hi Chris, I am happy to know that you are doing okay.

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ginny6May. 3, 1311:54 PM

Thank you for your commentary and insights.

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comment229May. 4, 13 4:36 AM

I am not sure it will lead to homelessness, but your comment on age discrimination and career field erosion is 100% correct and the reasons why unemployment insurance is rampant these days. Every time I see the media interview someone looking for a job, they are older, held decent jobs at one time and did well. Now they are trying to find that same job and some of the job descriptions I have heard are representative of employees you would want to have, but don't need to have. Along with no job prospects, is that problem of health insurance when you are over 50 as well and then you do what all of us do, try to survive until you are 65 and hope some politicians don't want to change the rules on retirement and medicare. And please don't give me that "you should have saved for a rainy day crap." It isn't a rainy day; it is a rainy decade.

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pitythefoolsMay. 4, 13 6:17 AM

This story can't be true. According to posters on this site, the poor in the US are rich compared to the poor in other Countries. The problem is that our poor aren't poor enough. Why, according to the Heritage Foundation, the poor even have things called "refrigerators." You know, places to preserve the abundance of food they get from dumpster diving. The fact that 1 in 5 children in this country go to bed hungry each night is a liberal myth from people who just want to buy votes by giving your money to these non-existent "poor" people. You know, the kids that can't vote. I wish I could buy this story, but people say it can't be true in the wealthiest, widest wealth-disparity country on earth.

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borisbadenovMay. 4, 13 9:19 AM

" According to posters on this site, the poor in the US are rich compared to the poor in other Countries." They are. 2 billion working people in the world make less than $2.00 per day. One billion make less than $1.00 per day. Maybe you should take a trip to see how the homeless live in Africa, India and S. America before posting. The worlds poor do not have a roof over their heads, cell phones, automobiles, air conditioning and three meals a day.

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borisbadenovMay. 4, 13 9:22 AM

"The fact that 1 in 5 children in this country go to bed hungry each night is a liberal myth" - And that would be the truth. It is a myth. We have more resources for the poor in this country than any other country. We have more non-profits serving the poor than any other country. If a parent is not motivated to go to a food shelf or fill out a government form there is nothing anyone else can do for them. No child goes hungry in this country for lack of food.

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greatxMay. 4, 1311:19 AM

"Start with felons who want to not only survive but be productive people once again" ************ If we did not enact a thousand laws that are "a felony offense" there would not be as many felons to begin with. Too many laws are simply "feel good", "let's do this for the moment", "do nothing" paperwork job-creating nonsense.

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foneboothMay. 4, 13 3:11 PM

The ignorance displayed here, after one guy writes a thoughtful piece on this issue is just one more reason this country is having trouble. I can only wish homelessness on some of the uninformed...seems the only way they would learn anything. But oh yea, they're too smart for anything like that to happen to them.

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TommandkayMay. 5, 13 6:49 PM

I was homeless some time ago, but if the Dorothy Day center existed when I was homeless no one told me. It was a struggle to even find water much less food. Yes, I had been receiving food support from my county, but when I went homeless (due to a work injury) my food support was cut off. Why? I no longer had shelter costs! I found my own way off the street, but while out there, I was beaten, lost thirty pounds from not eating for days at a time, lost most of my belongings, and all of my friends. By the time I came off the street, I was almost fearful of the new roof over my head. There are of course two kinds of homeless people. Those who would do most anything to get off the street, and those who choose it as a way of life. The former needs to be helped, the latter needs to help themselves.

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