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county worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 03:41 PM
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151. The money for helping the homeless in any way comes from taxes.
Edited on Wed Feb-17-10 04:10 PM by county worker
Also the homeless issue is a state issue. All current funding for the 10-11 fiscal year is being planned now with the resources available. The only new revenue source this year was the ARRA money. (the stimulus) That ARRA is only filling in holes that already existed.

Here's what I think can be done. We need to raise money that is earmarked for homeless programs. That is either increased federal taxes passed on to the states or increase in state taxes. That is hard to do but in some cases it is doable using the argument that employment lags in an improving economy. There could be bond measures on the ballots. Also another stimulus aimed at those hardest hit by the recession namely the homeless and unemployed.

The idea that I think is worth trying but probably will never happen since single payer is a similar idea, is that government get into the manufacturing business and build here what we ship over seas and compete with those who send jobs overseas by hiring the homeless and unemployed. I also think that government should help reduce the expenses of business who do not ship jobs overseas so that labor is not the one expense that needs to be cut. We could subsidize utilities costs or provide interest only loans for expansion and capital equipment.

Basically we need to attack the causes of homelessness which is mental health, drug and alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment.

I could go on but I need help from others to come up with more ideas. These could happen if we can put more progressives in to positions of power. We need to reverse the corporatizing of our government.
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