Lowell unveils plan to aid homeless

Full story: Lowell Sun

City officials have unveiled their 10-year plan to end homelessness in Lowell, part of a state and national effort to transform how the city, state and the nation address homelessness.
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C-J S

Lowell, MA

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Jun 22, 2008
 
I am reading this article and yes, there has to be some resolve for the problem of homelessness. The sad part about it is there are many contributing factors why this ends up as a result. I certainly commend the efforts and all the thought that went into this proposition, however I am not hearing how to teach the person to fish. What can these people do to grow and change their circumstances?
There needs to be change in order too change. Providing is ok however this will just end up a generation dependancy unless we deal with the root of the issue. How did this happen and what measures or tools may we provide by empowerment? We need to help yes, to a certain degree by allowing them to keep their dignity and respect by earning things and assistance that helps you through the "bump" Let's all face it. I know it's not all people, but alot of programs like this actually keep people stuck.
Provide-Rehabs (dependence) to qualify- training programs for schooling- GED programs- education enhancement- case workers to see the follow through and provide staistical data to show it is working and or where future developements may take this to a higher level.
The saying is true: A fish given...you eat for the day
if taught to fish...you eat for life
Benji

Rochester, NH

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Jun 22, 2008
 
Yep - way to go. Give 'em all free housing and let 'em get settled in before anything else. Might as well give 'em free meals, free booze and free drugs so they won't feel pressured at all. Pure lunacy!
Tony

United States

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Jun 22, 2008
 
What about fuel assistance, food vouchers for people that work, but are still struggling to make ends meet? They pay taxes. Take care of them first.
Lowell just wants to look like they have no homeless to please the yuppies. You give some of these homeless people housing and in couple of months most of those places are going to be trashed so bad they'll have to be condemmed.
things will get better

Lincolnville, ME

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Jun 22, 2008
 
Benji wrote:
Yep - way to go. Give 'em all free housing and let 'em get settled in before anything else. Might as well give 'em free meals, free booze and free drugs so they won't feel pressured at all. Pure lunacy!
why should you care you live in nh right?
lisa

Lowell, MA

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Jul 2, 2008
 
my son dylan mccullough was one of 8 students who wrote an essay on homeless plan I was hoping I could get a copy. How?
just me

Dracut, MA

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May 8, 2013
 
I can't believe the nerve of some people im a single mom disabled. With a son also disabled.I was married many years until I got sick.m
y husband sprung on me he was transgendered and wanted to be a woman leaving me and my son in a huge appartment on ssi and not being able to keep it going.I did it on my own for 2 years
now.fell behind on utilities and rent due to our being disabled.sorry you freely this way but all are not on drugs or drink and do everything to provide for our kids.
snim3

Sandown, NH

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May 29, 2013
 
Honestly, I don't understand why there are so many homeless in America, left alone in Lowell. I'm sure all of you who live in Lowell know there are Cambodian, Vietnamese immigrants there. 20, 30 years ago, they came here with virtually NOTHING, couldn't even speak English, they made roughly $5 or $6 per hours on electronic assembler lines, if they couldn't find the job, they will do everything to earn money such mow lawn, clean house, toilet,.... they happily live/share things together yes, they're stable and live under the roof. Why can't American do the same?
If you made $100/month then find the way to spend $50 w/i a month and save $50. Can't afford mortgage, then rent. Can't afford rent? Rent a smaller house. Still can't afford? Rent ONE room, share with others. Learn to live within the mean of it. If immigrants could do it, they American should be able to do it. Adapt to the situation and get used to it.
Sla

Lowell, MA

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Jun 2, 2013
 
just me wrote:
I can't believe the nerve of some people im a single mom disabled. With a son also disabled.I was married many years until I got sick.m
y husband sprung on me he was transgendered and wanted to be a woman leaving me and my son in a huge appartment on ssi and not being able to keep it going.I did it on my own for 2 years
now.fell behind on utilities and rent due to our being disabled.sorry you freely this way but all are not on drugs or drink and do everything to provide for our kids.
I agree with you. And sinm3.
Help the disable. And the others go to work.
Sla

Lowell, MA

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Jun 2, 2013
 
Snim3.
Sla

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Jun 2, 2013
 
just me wrote:
I can't believe the nerve of some people im a single mom disabled. With a son also disabled.I was married many years until I got sick.m
y husband sprung on me he was transgendered and wanted to be a woman leaving me and my son in a huge appartment on ssi and not being able to keep it going.I did it on my own for 2 years
now.fell behind on utilities and rent due to our being disabled.sorry you freely this way but all are not on drugs or drink and do everything to provide for our kids.
It's to bad what happened to you. You are better of with out him. He left with no sympathy for you or your son.
Screw him.
snim3

Sandown, NH

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Jun 7, 2013
 

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Sla wrote:
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I agree with you. And sinm3.
Help the disable. And the others go to work.
Help the disable? Sure. Everyone wants to help but please note, getting help from their family first.
For the disable lady above, I feel pain for her.
What she needs is getting help from her own family first? Doesn't she have parent? doesn't she have any sibling? Can she move in with them? Can they take her under their wings? Can they share. The more important question is "do they want to help her." I'm sure Oriented will take good care of their disable relatives and give them warm. Will American be able to do the same? SHARING?

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