Monday, 23 March 2015

Bring back the workhouses.

I don't mean gruel and straw mattresses, but the concept is good.

Apparently homelessness has increased more than 50% in the last 5 years, and this could be a way towards solving that issue.

A workhouse, for want of a better word, could provide a safe place to sleep, store personal items and three meals a day; a safe place to shower and launder clothes.  In return, each resident goes out to work 5 days a week at one of an approved list of employers, with work clothes provided.  

A weekly allowance would be given to allow leisure time activities but random drug and alcohol tests would be compulsory.

This would let the residents learn a trade and be able to apply for paying jobs eventually moving out of the workhouse and gaining independence.

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. An interesting concept - in practice it would be space and how people could leave them.

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