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Homeless or Worthless The dictionary describes the word homeless as having no home or place of residence It does not say however unable to get a job Homeless people are just that homeless They are not physically disabled or mentally retarded If in a rare case a homeless person is disabled in any way he can still get a job at Wendys who has a great disability program The government spends billions of dollars a year on shelter for the homeless when it could be spent on problems that arent caused by just lazyness When homeless people beg for money on the corner they just end up spending it on boose and drugs anyway The opportunity to work for a living wage is available to nearly all people According to the Bureau of Labor Statisticsnearly 70 of all new jobs created between 1988 and 2000 are or will be in services and retail Poverty pg 19 These jobs pay more than minimum wage A 1999 Department of Housing and Development report showed that in forty five states and two District of Columbia families would need to earn only minimum wage to afford a two bedroom unit priced at fair market rent These are privately owned safe sanitary and semi-luxury housing So getting a job is not a problem since there are many jobs availabe and housing can be aforded with making only minimum wage The government spends billions of wasted dollars a year on shelter for the homeless Overall the administrations proposed 26 billion budget for HUD amounts to a 1 billion increase over the current year That includes more than 125 billion to be devoted to a new system for helping local governments cope with homelessness by combining funding for
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