Homelessness grows along with Minnesota's economy

  • Article by: Star Tribune Editorial Board
  • Updated: October 8, 2013 - 6:38 PM

It’s not just about the economy; higher wages also would help.

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gwbuddyOct. 8, 13 8:14 PM

It would be nice if the monthly employment reports would say how many of the newly created jobs are: Low-Paying, Part-Time, Seasonal/Temporary, Contract, etc. A person can be working, but still be unable to afford to pay for Housing, and end up Homeless. It is no wonder that Homelessness is increasing even as the economy is improving and more jobs are being created.

supervon2Oct. 8, 13 8:19 PM

I'm helping a homeless girl at the urging of my daughter. But, guess what? She believes that she does not have to do anything and the government will send her money without ever having to work as part of society. Is this what we really want?

elmore1Oct. 8, 13 9:19 PM

Minimum wage isn't the reason they are homeless. Minnesota has some of the best and most generous programs to help people. A survey of why people are homeless might be of interest. Dayton's huge cig tax to fund the stadium blunder is definitely hurting many of these folks.

hittodeadOct. 8, 1310:03 PM

supervon2: you can cite a personal example of someone who may or may not exist, but that doesn't suggest a larger conclusion for the rest of us, and the real problem of the growing numbers of homeless in this state.

furguson11Oct. 9, 13 3:22 AM

Per the Bureau of Labor Services, you need a HS diploma and a college degree to earn $20/hour, the median wage in the country. In MN, we only graduate 75% of the students from HS in four years. In the Minneapolis School District, it's 50%. I don't think the problem is the minimum wage, it's that we have so many people ill-prepared to work. Just yesterday there was an article in the strib that said, "A first-ever comparison of adults in the United States and those in other democracies found that Americans were below average in skills needed to compete in the global economy."

supervon2Oct. 9, 13 6:07 AM

hitto-mine is not an isolated incident. I have friends that work with youth and tell me the same story over and over. They help them find jobs and after 3-4 weeks they quite going because they are bored. Or this. Or that. The government puts them up for free so why bother working? These are able-bodied intelligent people that would rather not be productive. Go out there and volunteer and see what I have seen. Please.

elind56Oct. 9, 13 7:25 AM

How can this be? The left prescribes progressivism as the cure for these kind of things and they're implementing that agenda on a grand scale. What's gone awry?

stpaulisbestOct. 9, 13 7:44 AM

Sorry, but it's a Republican world, now. The media like to point to extremists on "both sides" but what have the democrats done in the past 30 years that was so 'liberal'? Even the ACA does nothing more than take taxpayer money and give it to large insurance companies. So, as we move further to the right, and further into Tea Party territory, and as we cede our right to care for and support the poorest and most vulnerable, remember that we could have stopped all this. Remember that we could have stood up for compassion and equity. But we chose a false compromise and the peace of tyrants.

viqueenfailOct. 9, 13 7:51 AM

When people are housed they can begin to receive any benefits they have coming to them. Remember, George Bush's "Patriot Act" forces banks to confirm your home address before giving you an account. And the feds now issue direct deposit payments for SSDI and SSI. So, homeless people have a very difficult time accessing their benefits. Benefits that are the first step on the path of self-sufficiency. As well, multiple studies have shown that housed people of any income level take better care of themselves and cost less health care dollars than homeless people. Homeless people use the expensive ER for primary health care, and we all pay for that through higher hospital costs and therefore higher insurance premiums. Homeless people also waste police and emergency services dollars far more than housed people. Many studies indicate that the financial burden placed upon society by homelessness is greater than the financial cost to society of simply providing housing.

vlombardyOct. 9, 13 7:52 AM

ferguson: What are "the skills needed to compete in a global economy"? Seems to me it's the willingness to work for very, very low wages. Trading well-paying manufacturing jobs for part time food service jobs doesn't work in the long run--and our country is proving it. Education is extremely important for everyone. But everyone will not become an engineer, doctor, lawyer, or even a bankster(thank God). The economy needs to benefit the vast majority of the population, not just the 10% who own the income producing assets of the country.


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