Anita Vogel on government plans to give money to the homeless: ‘Why not take the money and help put people to work?’
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‘Big Sunday Show’ panelists commented on reports that the City of Denver is joining more than 40 cities across America to ‘donate money’ to their homeless populations, in an effort to help them to get off the street.
Denver recently announced plans to donate up to $12,000 to 140 women, transgender and gender nonconforming people, and families in homeless shelters through its Denver Basic Income Project.
Anita Vogel, one of the panelists, argued that it would be better to give the homeless population an opportunity to have a future with a job, not a cash handout.
« This idea of giving people money really has mixed reviews, » Vogel said. « I just think, why not take the money and help give people jobs, help give people a purpose to get back on their feet. When you give people money, it discourages them from working » , she said.
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Tyrus, agreeing with Vogel, asked, « When has free money ever worked? It doesn’t. »
« Usual human nature is terrible. When they get free money, they tend to do things. We saw during the pandemic, people were buying new cars and going on trips instead of paying rent » , Tyrus continued.
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Tyrus also warned that handing out cash could actually lead to more violence between members of the homeless population.
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« They’re excluding one group, aren’t they? Aggressive homeless men. What do you think they’re going to do to the other group that gets money? What do you think is going to happen to them? pass ? » He asked. « So now you’re going to have more violent attacks, and you’re going to have more outrage from another group, » Tyrus explained.
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Dr Nicole Saphier stressed: « The money is not going anywhere » unless there is an infrastructure in place to deal with addiction and mental health issues.
“So without having that support and infrastructure in place, like you assess them for addiction, mental health, give them support and treatment, shower, clothes, [a] a place to stay and give them on-the-job training for something they can do, and then a number and a contact for someone they can contact if they’re having trouble » would be » wasted money,” she said.
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The homelessness crisis in the United States has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s response to it, which included closing businesses and printing billions of dollars, rising prices on the housing market and rising rents.