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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 05:49 AM

CBC/Canadian Brodcasting Corporation: Research project and 'beautifully surprising' result...

A B.C. (British Columbia) research project gave homeless people $7,500 each — the results were 'beautifully surprising'.

Participants found housing faster, boosted food security and reduced spending on substances, study found

The results of a B.C. research project that gave thousands of dollars to homeless people are in and, according to one researcher, could challenge stereotypes about people "living on the margins."

The New Leaf project is a joint study started in 2018 by Foundations for Social Change, a Vancouver-based charitable organization, and the University of British Columbia. After giving homeless Lower Mainland residents cash payments of $7,500, researchers checked on them over a year to see how they were faring.

much more at link

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/new-leaf-project-results-1.5752714

This is encouraging news about the 'beautifully surprising' results of providing financial
assistance.



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Reply CBC/Canadian Brodcasting Corporation: Research project and 'beautifully surprising' result... (Original post)
abqtommy Oct 9 OP
soothsayer Oct 9 #1
ariadne0614 Oct 9 #2
Sherman A1 Oct 9 #3
WhiskeyGrinder Oct 9 #4
nuxvomica Oct 9 #5
pazzyanne Oct 9 #6
tecelote Oct 9 #7
Kitchari Oct 9 #8
niyad Oct 9 #9
Wicked Blue Oct 9 #10
AllaN01Bear Oct 9 #11
Ziggysmom Oct 9 #12
Laelth Oct 9 #15
geardaddy Oct 9 #13
hunter Oct 9 #14
triron Oct 9 #16
abqtommy Oct 9 #17

Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 05:53 AM

1. That's really interesting

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 06:40 AM

2. 🇨🇦 Oh, Canada-so near, and yet so far.

Sometimes it’s nice to think about what goes on in civilized, rational, functioning societies.

“She said it costs, on average, $55,000 annually for social and health services for one homeless individual. According to study data, the project saved the shelter system approximately $8,100 per person for a total of roughly $405,000 over one year for all 50.”

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:08 AM

3. We need UBI

It is plain and simple.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:13 AM

4. "Surprising" only to anyone who hasn't looked at similar experiments.

You mean the poors know what to do with money when they have it? Surprising! Beautiful!

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:17 AM

5. Similar experiments have had very good results

I read about them in Rutger Bregman's terrific book Utopia for Realists, which also covers the benefits of open borders, paternity leave, and the 15-hour work week. Even Nixon tried to institute universal basic income at the urging of economists. It just makes sense and the people who fear the poor will misuse the benefit are probably projecting their own lack of self-restraint as most poor people are far more careful with their money than most of the rest of us.

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Response to nuxvomica (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:28 AM

6. I am impressed with what is happening in Kansas City for veterans.

https://www.veteranscommunityproject.org

Another good idea for helping the homeless.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 07:55 AM

7. "I kind of want to give back where I've came from," said Ray.

"I might one day be that important person that has a powerful voice... a seed can grow into an oak tree."

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:09 AM

8. Hope this humane approach becomes widespread

We have to care for one another

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:13 AM

9. Similar studies have shown similar results. Amazing what happens when you treat people

like people.

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Response to niyad (Reply #9)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:29 AM

10. +1000 nt

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:30 AM

11. im wating for someone to use the communist/socialst card soon . encuraging

apperenty they are taking this bigtime and are setting up a regular web page , they are already in the facebookverse . and on twitter along with other social media platfors . good luck

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:40 AM

12. Trickle Up and NOT Trickle Down Economics works 🤬

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Response to Ziggysmom (Reply #12)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:06 AM

15. +1

I want my Freedom Dividend!

Everyone will be wealthier as a result.

-Laelth

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:46 AM

13. That is awesome

I wonder if we'd have to up the amount here in the US, since we don't have universal health care. Maybe $10k?

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 08:52 AM

14. We ought to be paying people to experiment with lifestyles having a small environmental footprint.

We might start with those who are currently homeless.

The success of these experiments would be measured in terms of happiness, not "economic productivity" as it is currently defined.

We also have to face the fact that some people are unemployable, not necessarily for physical disabilities since there have been many advances in assistive technology, but for people with mental illnesses or addictions that make them impossible to work with. Many of these people are in prison, constantly in and out of jail, or homeless. Prison is expensive. Medical problems caused by homelessness and street drugs are expensive. People without hope, without tools to express themselves, without safe places to live, can become violent.

Everyone deserves a safe comfortable place they can call home and a community that supports them. Societies that cast off the unemployed and the unemployable are broken.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 09:08 AM

16. I wish I was Canadian!

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 05:38 PM

17. kickety-kick

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