Providing for homeless backfires

Providing for homeless backfires
In our country, there are thousands of homeless particularly in the metro. To alleviate the problem, the government has a housing program for the poor that is especially targeted for the homeless. Every year, thousands are given homes with a very low downpayment. With that good intention, it is sad that the homeless are not doing the country a favor. Some have been selling their home grant, change their name and await another housing grant for them. It is a syndrome that the government is now looking helpless. Worse, there’s a group called Kadamay, an organization of homeless families that is well organized for activism purposes. The group is bullying the government by grabbing the housing projects intended for teachers and police force. The trend is on a negative slide for the government’s housing projects. Poor Philippines.


I think all government assistance programs have their share of abuse. It's a shame, since it usually results in those who need it the most not being benefited by it. It's too bad that they can't find more efficient ways to avoid fraud. The complexities of bureaucracy often lead to "loopholes" and there is always someone ready to take advantage.

I feel for homeless people, and I hope they come up with a way to serve the most needy. I also hope they catch and punish the frauds.
Posted by Zyni on 11-28-2017
Abuse is the right term because the government program can be abused not only by the officials who are handling the program but also by the beneficiaries themselves. Would you believe that we have a program for education that gives a monthly allowance to indigent families with children who are schooling? But the parents use the money for their vices and some parents do not work anymore. It is really pathetic.
Posted by Corzhens on 12-17-2018
Just housing and feeding them will not do anything. People grossly and stupidly forget that the underlying issue of homelessness is generally tied with MENTAL ISSUES. You want to fix the problem? Go all the way and don't half it through because frankly I've worked in homeless shelters for years at one of the most successful turnovers where someone goes from streets to permanent stability. There's way less % of frauds then real people struggling with issues. Homeless people often have to struggle with depression, bi-polar issues, schizophrenia, dementia, and more. You have to mentally coach them through coping mechanisms, teach them to relearn how to live in the world, help them keep up with their paperwork, ect. It takes a lot of work to get one person off the streets for good.

As for the Phillipines they need to sit down and revise their policies and put restrictions on organizations or force organizations to be registered and legally regulated. Here in the states an organization has to be classified by the IRS and comply with a lot of laws. If not then the government can shut them down. One stipulation for a charity helping the homeless is that they're not allowed to be involved with politics whatsoever. It seems the housing projects need to put a hard limit on the # of housing they will provide to organizations and leave teachers and police unlimited to prevent abuse.
Posted by Rhodolite on 11-28-2017
These frauds happen because governments allow them. A lax system of administration is a breeding ground for corruption and provides opportunities for scammers to ply their trade. i think it's an irony that the Kadamay group can bully the government into seizing idle housing projects for police and teachers when the police had been killing drug suspects at will. After seizing houses, they even have the temerity to demand that the government give them jobs or livelihood to enable them to pay their housing loan. No one can say for sure that these people are actually homeless people who deserved assistance as records can be rigged and it's almost impossible for authorities to verify the identify of all members. A national ID system can help solve the problem but it has been opposed repeatedly by, surprisingly, the left-leaning groups.
Posted by chatbox on 11-28-2017
This happens almost everywhere where some people tend to hijack.some provisionals stuff meant for the masses and sometimes the government are helpless too But even at that I do blame the government for making things to that without nipping it in the bud as soon as it raise it ugly head. I. feel for those that are badly affected and can't do jack about just like one taking away your inheritance and you can't do much about it.The government should put all of this in check.
Posted by lovely on 11-28-2017
If their habits are not fixed, by some sort of education they are not going to change. I support providing homes for the homeless, however that should go with a proper course that can get them back to the normal life. Getting them a job with the minimum wage can still help them a lot and should be considered. Of course, not all of them would go through something like this, because of the bad habits, they've developed, however a lot might benefit.
Posted by manmad on 11-28-2017
I often see a beggar sleeping at the pavement near the 7-11 stores everyday, at night. Sometimes, I could see beggars sleeping in the park during the day too. The government are not making much effort in curbing the poverty . Beggars are everywhere they tarnish the image and reputation of our country
Posted by peachpurple on 11-28-2017
The poor should always appreciate what the government does for them by providing free homes for them, they should not sell the home and expect the government to give them another one. If they continue like that it can discourage the government from helping them.
Posted by babyright on 11-28-2017
This is a worldwide issue. Everyone wants to take advantage on everything, and for sure they want everything for free. The solution is not to give them everything, but to show them how to get of homeless situation by themselves. Don't give them money, give them a job. Don't give them food, teach them to earn the money, to buy the proper food, and stop asking around. Don't give them a house, make them earn it. When you give something to someone, without showing it the worth of it, then that person won't give it the relevance that it has.
Posted by ballyhara on 11-28-2017
I think that this type of problem happens with all countries, what changes is the seriousness of the problem and unfortunately, the governments seem not to care that much (which is a very sad and worrying thing).

The power in the hands of few people deciding for a nation.
Posted by wiseagent on 11-28-2017
It is really disappointing to see people homeless and sleeping in the dirty streets. Philippine governments always have a program to all poor and homeless people to have their own decent home. But unfortunately some homeless people take advantage of the situation and being so stubborn to the government implementing rules. Some people when government give them a home to live for a few months they will stay there and then they will sell it to other people for some amount of money and then get back again to the street. Some people desperate to have their own home then acquired government houses that are not for them. Government must do action and implement strict rules about it.
Posted by honeybabe on 11-28-2017
Oddly enough, cultural conservatives want the homeless and other so-called smoochers to man up and work, but the situation is far more severe than it seems. Obviously, there are real mental issues with such people - hence why they're out on the street - despite the fact, that in many, maybe most cases, work is available to get them out. However, though, many are convinced that such people just need a slap and things will change, lol.
Posted by jyy on 11-29-2017
The housing project for the homeless people also went through the same fate in my home country. The government built terraced houses and apartments for the homeless people. However, the homeless people instead of living in these homes, sold or rented the homes and again began living on the street. The only way to tackle housing problem of the homeless is give them work and let them earn their own house.
Posted by vinaya on 11-29-2017
Giving them work might also be a viable option for it will now show the attitude of those that wants to work and those that are not interested in doing anything, but want to earn free income. I hope the government looks into that.
Posted by Barida on 11-29-2017
Exactly, that's my point too. When you give something for free, people don't appreciate the worth of what you're giving them, otherwise they will just ask and ask once and again. and they will become beggars and parasites. My country is full of those, and government take advantage on them, so they can receive things for free, and give their votes in exchange to keep corrupted leaders in the government.
Posted by ballyhara on 07-06-2018
In some places homeless are there for the drinking habit or the drug habit. And people have to go over the issues that they have in the life. It can be really hard to work with the homeless people. I have seen some of them can cause issues to the normal society. I would say that people who are working needs to be aware of what they are helping.
Posted by overcast on 10-27-2018
I think they probably do this because they are already so used to living in the streets at that point that when they are just given a house without much other help, they just don't find it to be enough of a reason to change. Maybe the government should do something else or do a better job of giving these people hope for a better life, but as much as I like to blame the government in most cases, this time, I guess it is a difficult task as well because the solution doesn't seem to be just doing one thing or building one program, as there are many types of homeless people and they all have different lifestyles and agendas. Some might even consider themselves to be better off in the streets, as I know one of the beggars in the city I lived in once was making a lot just asking people for change and doing various little services for people like getting their food and holding up an umbrella for them when it was raining.
Posted by Wubwub on 11-29-2017
I think state should do something about it. If you make laws and the things proper then things can be handled. Nobody can remain poor forever. So one should be thinking more in that terms. And one has to be seriously handling things in that context. I'd say that homeless people are used to their way of thinking. And they can have those issues. It'd be harder to work on those parts.
Posted by overcast on 11-29-2017
I think this should be observed and implemented. Over here there are a few institutions and they do their part but the amount of homeless people is just too much. They should provide places for them to sleep and food and also help them find a job
Posted by Marvadaum on 11-29-2017
It's not about providing homes for some of them, but that some of these homeless people don't need homes. You might end up building for them and see how they sell it to make money out of it. It's all about educating them on the need to have good life.
Posted by Barida on 11-29-2017
That is really sad because these people ruin it for others who appreciate the help that they are getting. Not everybody is like that. There are always bad apples in the crowd who are only to see what they can get. Sadly those are the ones who get away with it and the other people end up suffering. i hope they are figure out how to alter this so the people who get it are the ones who really need and appreciate it.
Posted by Sue on 11-29-2017
There is a saying that it's not money that makes one wealthy, but the ability to put ideas into work and I guess that's just what played out here at the end of it. It seems some of these homeless people just want the money and not good life while they go back to their begging to make more money out of it. This is really not fair to those that truly work hard to get to the top of their aspirations in life.
Posted by Barida on 11-29-2017
Living in the streets is something people can get used to. I mean, the homeless are used to roughing it so it's not a big deal. I mean, all you need is a good sleeping bag or a tent. Also, if the weather is warm, that's another huge plus. However, though, sanitation is often a problem as there are no bathrooms for the homeless.
Posted by jyy on 12-07-2017
We have a big homeless problem where I am at as well, but there are a lot of government outreach programs here that try to reach out to the homeless and to really help them as much as possible. However, not all of them get the help that they need, especially medically, from what I hear, and this is a very tough issue. It is sad to read your article and to see how people continually take advantage of each other and of programs which were initially concocted in order to earnestly help a problem in the social stratosphere which needed to be seriously addressed.
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Posted by potentialwriter on 12-10-2017
If you want to give the homeless a home, give them a rental property where they don’t have ownership as this will give them a chance to improve their lives and move to a better place when they have some money and would not give them an asset that could be sold for drug money,
Posted by Gaince on 12-11-2017
It's disgusting really that things like this happen because it's unfair for people that work hard and unfair for genuine homeless people that are struggling. This is a chance to have another chance at a good life and getting a home can be massive so it's disgusting that they are selling it off and then trying to get another one whilst there are others that deserve to get their own house
Posted by kingcool52 on 12-13-2017
I see homeless people here in New York City - of all backgrounds and it's sad. I think there are two types of homeless. People who refuse to work, learn a skill or apply effort to support themselves - and those who have mental issues, or have just had a terrible go of life from the very beginning. Falling victim to circumstances beyond their control. I don't think that just because the former exists - means that the issues of homelessness that affect the latter should be ignored. Homelessness needs to be brought down to as low of a level as possible. Right now it's heavily on the rise.
Posted by NickJ on 12-17-2017
I think housing for the homeless that they work for and take care of is the best idea. It would give them a sense of pride and ownership. There are projets like that available in various parts of the country here. It is just one of the things that is being focused on in various parts fo the country.
Posted by kgord on 12-18-2017
I think all socieity has homeless people and there are many socieital ills that contribute to this situation. I think low cost housing and effort to work toward that end is the way to combat this problem. It is simply one of the types of issues that society as a large needs to deal with. It is just one of the problems that seems to affect all societies.
Posted by kgord on 12-24-2017
I agree that low cost housing can mitigate the problem of the homeless. However, there should be a way to measure things like what is the growth rate of the homeless and how many low cost housing can the government produce in a certain period of time. If the equation does not match like the growth of homeless people is as quick as the bike pedal then something harsh or drastic should be done by the government. The population check should be studied for that issue.
Posted by Corzhens on 04-23-2018
I agree. Majority of the projects started to provide for the homeless are not successful. People's intentions are good but I think we never take the trouble to find out, why these people are homeless in the first place. We need to solve the root, rather than putting a bandage on it. Most people are homeless because they had some kind of mental break down or they lost their job or got in debt or they were in prison or at war.We need to put in place initiatives to get the homeless counselling and back into work.I know two celebrities that once lived in their car. Tyler Perry and Wendy Williams.
Posted by jaymish on 03-16-2018
I think it's still a good initiative by the government, the only problem is there are people that intend to bad for selfish reasons. I also think housing alone will not prevent future problems specially poverty. I think the government needs to provide these people with jobs to sustain their needs.
Posted by fishbate on 08-03-2018
This kind of abuse is something that can be controlled by the government by instituting strict rules on granting and monitoring of the property. This should not be so hard to do since these properties are typically in a designated location where the housing administration can coordinate with the local government. Likewise, the implementation of rules that prevent the transfer of the properties to other people can help prevent the illegal sale of these properties. In reality, many of the so-called grants are not being transferred for free. People have to pay for them in low, affordable installments over several years.
Posted by chatbox on 09-16-2018
I have seen some of the youtubers offering the support for the homeless. And some of them are also offering the support for the people who want to get the jobs. It may work out for some. But not all people can get the support and also the homeless maybe like that for a reason. So one has to be understanding why they are landed in their first place.
Posted by overcast on 10-27-2018
All homeless people want jobs. There just needs to be better machinations to get them to proper job placement.
Posted by NickJ on 11-20-2018
Housing and feeding wouldn't be enough. Yes it looks bad that they're selling their free houses but what about their means of maintaining said homes? They'll need to pay for water, electricity, and their food on top of that. It would be best to start providing them with work or any means for them to be financially ready to actually own a house. But I do agree with this plan backfiring.
Posted by knnon on 12-15-2018