The recent column by homeless person John Kloeckner [“Let’s Get Real: Homeless Need a Hand Up, Not Handouts,” Jan. 27, Xpress] is a good start for a discussion about homelessness.
There are better ways to handle this problem, and one is already being tried in Albuquerque, N.M., under the mayorship of Richard Berry, appropriately called the Better Way program. Twice a week, a city van patrols the streets to find homeless people, who are offered work for $9 per hour, lunch included, for the day. These people clean up graffiti and litter, clear weeds and generally perform city maintenance.
The program is highly regarded by all, including the homeless. More info can be found on YouTube at http://avl.mx/277.
— Glen Reese