Homelessness is on the rise, even though unemployment rates are slowly declining. And the world seems to be involved in a constant debate about what we should be doing in order to help the issue. While some believe that homelessness and laziness have a direct correlation, others take a more empathetic approach, understanding the fact that some people may just not be as fortunate as us.
No one wants to be homeless.
Arkansas City has taken a different approach to the matter. Rather than shunning homeless people from society, the city has decided to give them jobs.
Keep reading to find out the details of the full story.
Homelessness has been on the rise for over a decade.
via: Getty ImagesIt seems as if more and more people are ending up on the streets. With the current economic climate making it harder for people to keep up with their rent, the issue is getting out of hand.
And don't even get me started on owning your own home.
via: Getty ImagesJudging by the rate of inflation, the younger generation won't be able to own their own home in their lifetime.
Statistics have shown that this is more than just a national crisis.
via: Getty ImagesAccording to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Annual Homeless Assessment Report, in 2018, on a given night, there were over 553,000 homeless people in the United States. And that was only on that one night.
Countries around the globe are divided on how to deal with the issue effectively.
via: Getty ImagesNational reports have shown that over 2% of the world's population is homeless. If that had to be converted into a solid figure, it would range between 150-160 million people.
However, these reports also disclose that 20% of the world's population lacks adequate housing.
via: Getty ImagesThat equates to almost 1.6 billion people.
With these statistics in mind, it's easier to understand that some people may not be as fortunate as us.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's easy to brand them as lazy or idle, but when the current job sector is already overflowing with candidates, it becomes a more difficult task trying to get on the ladder.
But, sometimes, all that the homeless need is a chance.
via: Getty ImagesRecently, The Independent revealed that food giant, Pret a Manger, was planning to give jobs to the homeless.
The project was established so that homeless people could afford their own property...
via: Getty ImagesAnd this property would also be provided by the company. According to the news outlet, this is what they aimed to do: "As well as being given jobs in Pret stores nearby, they will also receive advice on how to get a bank account, save for a deposit and develop their wider literacy and computer skills."
It seems as if Arkansas City is also following suit.
via: Getty ImagesRather than marginalizing the homeless, Little Rock has taken it upon themselves to give the homeless jobs cleaning up the streets of the city.
And here's the best part...They will be paid 9.25 dollars per hour, which is more than minimum wage!
The "Bridge to Work" project started all the way back in April...It was initially only supposed to last for six months, but now the mayor, Frank Scott Jr, has decided to extend that period because he was so impressed by the results.
The scheme was funded by the Canvas Community Church.They spent 80,000 dollars on making sure that they give a chance to those in society who needed it most.
Pastor Paul Atkins told 12 News Now this:
via: Getty Images"We're super excited about what has gone on, and we hope to be able to keep the momentum going."
The participants are also going to receive more than just paychecks...
via: Getty ImagesThey have also been offered physical and mental health treatment and other job interviews. Some have even been given a roof over their heads in temporary accommodation.