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Whole-Wishbone-7539 t1_jee58yr wrote

Sweet! More stuff for people who contribute 0 in taxes and stand on corners making the city look like crap!


FIFAFanboy2023 t1_jeenqow wrote

What if... and hear me out... this being an option for them allowed them a chance to get on their feet and fix themselves.

As long as there is an option to kick out the people who aren't actually doing anything and are just soaking up a subsidized space to bunker down it while being strung out, I'm all for it.

You might just be an ahole for thinking this as loudly as you did.


Whole-Wishbone-7539 t1_jeevjw8 wrote

Easier said than done. Half the city was ready to crucify Mariano for suggesting people work if they were going to use public resources.

Sometimes speaking the truth will make you sound like a jerk, but wasting resources and enabling people isn't exactly the way to go either


KnightzwhosayNi t1_jeei8pz wrote

They're people


Whole-Wishbone-7539 t1_jeek6cz wrote

So are the thousands of people renting and struggling to make ends meet.


PristinePine t1_jeers6u wrote

Those struggling (such as myself), should feel solidarity towards the homeless and want better for them because we're all literally 1 or a few paychecks away from becoming them! The problem lies with out of touch upperclass politicians, the ultrawealthy not nearly contributing what they should be, and capitalism with its obsession of more and more and more annual profit to the detriment of the literal planet.

Wanna bitch about those stupid mini recycling bins with detachable lids that did jackshit and were a lame waste, I'LL JOIN YA THERE.

The fact a supposedly civil, ultrawealthy, 'globally leading' nation even has homeless people is a policy choice that seems to serve as a reminder "stay in line and keep working more and more or else this will be you".


FIFAFanboy2023 t1_jeeo160 wrote

I guarantee you some of these people you are talking about might just need to re-evaluate their spending habits to stay where they are. Y'know, those people who make 35k a year who have a 50k car or go on multiple vacations every year. A lot of the people complaining about not being able to afford anything might need to consider their expectations are a little bit whack for their income.


barry_abides t1_jef1agp wrote

Pretty sure the venn diagram of people making 35k and those going on multiple vacations a year has little to no overlap. If your income is that low you're not getting approved for a huge credit line to fund these hypothetical trips. Either way, your use of "some" and "a lot" seems to indicate a level of acknowledgement that some (if not many, or most) of the people struggling with a low paying job are doing so on a modest or highly constrained budget. Not everyone is able to find work that pays more or spend more time working to increase their income (or work period).

I want more programs and investment to help minimum wage earners, and everyone who can't or won't work, or is dealing with addiction, mental health issues, mobility issues, etc. - everybody deserves a safe place to live even if they aren't fulfilling people's capitalist ideals or "contributing to society". There are certainly those who spend beyond their means, but I highly doubt they're in the majority when it comes to the income bracket you're talking about.


FIFAFanboy2023 t1_jef32i1 wrote

I work with people who are exactly like what I am talking about, and have interacted with their friends as well. So yeah, this is a little bit of an anecdotal personal bias. The same people who complain about how expensive everything is are actually spending way too much money on low cost "luxuries" they don't actually need. Yes, we should be making more than we make, but we also know that just means things are going to get more expensive. As a country we overconsume too much. I'm not above what I'm talking about either. I have always been overweight, but now that my personal budget is being tightened I have cut back on the types of food I buy at the grocery store and takeout/dineout. I have managed to lose a good amount of weight in a short period of time and have more money at the end of the month. People need to make lifestyle changes.


barry_abides t1_jefg3ap wrote

I'm familiar with the type of people you're referring to, and it does sound like they could benefit from some spending restraint to reduce some of their financial issues. My comments were directed more towards all the other folks who may not have a choice in their economic circumstances. It sounds like you have been tightening the belt both literally and figuratively, and it's good that you're able to find some positives in your own situation. For many who are struggling, the choice may not be about eating out less or getting a cheaper car, but opting to skip critical medical care or dealing with unsafe living conditions because they can't afford better. Always dangerous to generalize or assume the worst in people who aren't living under the same circumstances.


edoreinn t1_jegky5z wrote

I’m not trying to tell you how to do you, but just cutting out takeout and learning to cook is a massive part of expense cutting and diet regulation…


kondor88 t1_jeezv9q wrote

People are quick to forget that Worcester is the 2nd largest city in New England. Its not really a problem you can sweep under the rug.

Looks like this SMOC project receives aid on addiction/mental health in addition to the housing. That gets people off the streets and in a better mindset. An actual measure to make the city more safe than ignoring it outright.