During the 2020 Presidential election, Joe Biden cruised around the country, eating ice cream, fumbling around the stage, and speaking to crowds using a gigantic teleprompter. At the same time, the country got a good look at Biden. He hurled countless promises at voters and detailed what the future might look like under his leadership. Having spent the last two years in the White House, it seems that he forgot about some of those key promises, like solving the growing homelessness problem in America. Several states are currently struggling with a rise in homelessness as inflation, COVID-19, and the lockdowns cost people their livelihoods. The problem has gotten so bad that Denver is now allocating $2 million to solve the problem. And their idea – give the homeless people up to $12,000, no questions asked.
With numerous states trying to figure out ways to fight against homelessness, Denver decided that it would take $2 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and give it to the Denver Basic Income Project. The organization will then pick 820 people who are currently homeless and give them money. The giveaway will be broken up into three parts. 1) 260 people will receive $6,500 upfront with another $500 a month for a year. 2) 260 people will get $1,000 a month for a year. And 3) 300 people will receive a $50 stipend.
Now, for those who might be running the math, $2 million isn’t enough to fund every person. The money will only cover around 140 people, as the organization noted the entire process would exceed over $9 million. And that isn’t even the best part. While homelessness doesn’t matter your race or gender, the program does. That’s right, in order to qualify for the funds, a person needs to be a woman, transgender, or non-binary individual.
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock discussed the program, stating, “The Denver Basic Income Project is an opportunity to explore how the philanthropic community and the private sector can augment public support for those living in poverty, particularly our unhoused neighbors, and extend that hand up to stability.”
As for Joe Biden, back in July, Susan Rice, who is the Domestic Policy Advisor to the White House, praised the Democrat for all his work for the homeless. She suggested, “During his 2020 presidential campaign, President Biden pledged to pursue a comprehensive approach to ending homelessness. He committed to undoing counterproductive and often harmful policies and to take a ‘Housing First’ approach to our homelessness crisis. He promised to partner with mayors and local officials on the frontlines of this fight. He committed to protecting Americans who too often find themselves living on the edge, from veterans to LGBTQI+ individuals to people who were formerly incarcerated.”
While Biden did make promises, Susan Rice insisted he followed through. “The President’s landmark American Rescue Plan invested historic resources to address homelessness. We distributed 70,000 emergency housing vouchers. We devoted $5 billion for the HOME Investment Partnerships program to create permanent, safe, supportive housing. We put another $800 million towards support for homeless families. Many of you have utilized billions of dollars in State and Local Recovery Funds to keep people off the streets and create permanent housing.”
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