Monday, March 23, 2009

Toronto hires fake homeless

Early this morning, I heard on the radio that the City of Toronto is going to hire decoy homeless people to do quality assurance on a homeless headcount in the city. Apparently the idea is that these folks get a $100 pre-paid VISA card for spending a night pretending they are homeless. Not any night, but the night the City will be counting homeless heads. These decoys will apparently be quality assurance people to demonstrate that the counters are actually talking to people they think are homeless. I thought perhaps I wasn't getting this right. It was, after all, very early this morning. However I was able to find something in the news to confirm what I have heard. As you can see, I'm not making this up. Somebody thought up this idea, and the City is going ahead with it.

I wonder if there are any better ways we could spend that money that might benefit people living outside in Toronto? If we have all those pre-paid VISAs, why not give them to real homeless people instead of decoy homeless people. I wonder if real homeless people are allowed to apply for the job of pretend homeless people?

3 comments:

Wandering Coyote said...

This is unbelievably absurd! And really, really insulting to those real homeless people living on the streets! Beyond the pale...

sp said...

Why can't they hire someone who doesn't have a home or better yet why can't they put the money towards some sort of shelter.
Vancouver does an annual count. The difference here is that people volunteer their time. Now there's an idea.

nursemyra said...

that's crazy!