Fw: Stopping Homelessness

H. C. Covington -- I CAN America (icanamerica@email.msn.com)
Wed, 27 Oct 1999 01:26:06 -0400

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From: CRISSMAN, ANN <acrissman@advanta.com>
Sent: Monday, October 25, 1999 4:59 PM
Subject: Re: Stopping Homelessness

I have been a  passive reader of this list.  The below discussion
tapped into a couple of questions regarding social services for the
homelessness and low income income population and the needs assessments
there of.

At a housing conference in Utah last week a side topic was
discussed, which can be a  direct factor of the below:
Many low income housing projects are inhabited with immigrant
workers and their families. I have been wondering how this affects statewide
and national statistical reporting on poverty, levels of homelessness and
affordable housing needs.
Does the below population replace the lower wage earners as the
others move onto better employment - or do they inflate the statistics?
What percentage of immigrants receive social services and/or
affordable housing that are not US Citizens?
What are the trends for other comparable nations to the U.S. in this
issue?   What nations are exporting the most immigrant workers who accept
sub standard wages in other countries such as the US?  If the quality of
life for an immigrant is better with sub standard pay in an extremely
expensive US, what can be done to help these other countries evolve
economically without the financial burden?    Who's problem does it become
and how is it better solved?

From: Jack Underhill <gwaposr@erols.com> on 10/21/99 01:28 PM EDT

Subject: Re: Stopping Homelessness

Certainly on the top of my list in helping to prevent homelessness
adequate funding for housing vouchers.  To do that the electorate
has to
elect persons who care about the poor.  Currently, It doesn't seem
included to do so.  A second critical step would be adequate funding
community-based mental health care institutions.  The termination or
virtual elimination of the giant state mental institutions was to
been accompanied by the creation of community-based smaller
institutions--which never really happened.  A third thing is
funding for alcohol and drug treatment facilities.  That great
Richard Nixon, actually placed primary emphasis on drug treatment,
rather than indiction and incarceration.  We also need to work on a
policy that will help encourage higher minimum wages.  It would be
helpful if we cut immigration by a half--as the Jordan Commission
recommended.  The flood of immigrants with people who are willing to
work for less helps keep wages down as pointed out by George Borjas
Harvard.  But the business class loves cheap labor.(A lot of my
friends disagree on this point.)

Jack Underhill