Thursday, July 07, 2011

Poverty is hard work

....and you'll need training if you're going to do it right.  There are a lot of shame-faced Boiseans pleading for money at street corners lately, and I have to wonder how many of these people know what services are available to help them.  From some tentative investigation, it seems like not a lot of people know where to go when they can't feed their family.  This is absurd.  Social services can be the difference between homelessness and permanent housing.  Assistance doesn't always work out, but it's an option people should know about.

I think there should be classes in high school about navigating social services.  Intervention tends to work better before you're out on the street, panicking about where you'll sleep tonight.  And!  Services usually need to hire someone to do outreach so that the people who need them know they exist.  That's not really the most productive use of their budgets.

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