Are you familiar with this, Michael? Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACES?

The way you said what you said, it seems to indicate there is some “moral failing” on the part of people in poor circumstances. I would say that people like Warren Buffet, and innumerable slumlords, are those with the moral failings. These days, it’s IMPOSSIBLE for people with very low incomes to get ahead unless they are very fortunate to find genuine subsidized housing or other alternative living situations. It’s not their fault and childhood programming includes abuse, and in the case of these kids in the video — they are likely 2nd or 3rd generation living in homeless situations.

I spent about 16 years of my working life directly working with very low income and homeless families and they should never be “judged” by anybody who hasn’t been in their shoes.

Did you know the average “Transitional Housing” program funded by the government expends about $60,000 per year, per individual to “keep them” in the shelter and “educate” them how to not be homeless? Then at the end of the 2 years it discharges them … to be homeless again? It’s impossible for someone to work very much, if at all, while living in such a program.

I said, “Hell, why not just cut them a check if you’re willing to spend that much. Let them find their own housing for that and they can and will.”

This program is one of the first I evaluated that I did not work for. Looks like a lot of changes have taken place.

According to Harlan Ellison and my grandmother, “You’ll go far Amy, because you have heart.” Author of 40 books, former exec., Nebula Award nominee, Poor.

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