Re: Fw: action: New York homelessness

Scofield (
Thu, 30 Dec 1999 17:46:00 -0500 (EST)

Dear James,
I agree wholeheartedly with your statements that shelters and the
"services" they offer don't much help the folks they purport to serve
become economically viable.
As a single mom who cycled between welfare and the secondary labor market,
I can tell you that we should scrap the shelters and services, and just
give the money directly to folks who need shelter or services.
It always amazes me that refusing to accept a variety of "services" is a
failure to comply with shelter rules that could get you kicked out of the
shelter... if these services are so valuable, if they really work, why are
folks FORCED to participate. Believe me, if the so-called "services"
offered were worth a damn, sisters would be fighting to participate, and
wouldn't need to be coerced.
But I guess making the services complusory is a mighty fine welfare
program after all - for the largely white, middle-class social workers,
housing specialists, parenting counselors and job developers.
To the mom forced to participate, they're just more time-wasting,
energy-sapping welfare police.
Terri Scofield
New York