Good News: Denver Helps the Homeless in New Social Experiment
Naive idiot thought inbound. I don’t know how to help homeless people. I want to give them change, but then people say “you’re only enabling them.” Arguably the best solution is to buy food, blankets, or clothing, but I feel like this is only a temporary fix.The problem is obviously much bigger and lies within the structure of our society.
Luckily now the city of Denver is enacting a new, experimental program to help homeless people. The idea is to keep homeless people alive and out of jail by providing them with free housing. On top of housing the city also provides a support group of ten people–made up of nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers–to help each person in the program turn their life around.
“That’s great you optimistic snow muppet, but does it work?”
I don’t know. It’s too early to tell. So far, out of the 200 people that began in the orientation phase thirty three still have housing after a full year. Others either didn’t qualify, walked out, or passed away.
“This doesn’t sound like very good news.”
Well, voice in my head that drives this narrative, actually it’s great news. Programs like this are only the beginning of fixing society and helping the homeless. As long as we keep making progress to make the world a better place I’m 100% in! If you think I’m an idiot you can tweet me @mecoletta and we can hash it out. If not, I’ll just keep posting cute animal pictures and making bad puns.
For more info, check out the original story at the Denverite.