Perhaps inspired by the upcoming National census, the city of Toronto is spending $90,000 to conduct a never before attempted census of homeless people in the city. The seven page "Street Needs Assessment" survey is expected to help the comrades at city hall end homelessness in their quest to make ALL dependent on the state. Anti-poverty groups are sceptical of the project, fearful that many homeless people will hide from the eager volunteers seeking to bribe them with $5 food vouchers in exchange for information, thus providing a false assessment of the actual number of homeless residing on the public streets. Equality is purchased at the cost of human diversity.
The critics say officials are sure to under-count the number of homeless. Some will go underground and become inaccessible to social services and become even more vulnerable to diseases and other ills. The "lower than real" number will only embolden anti-homeless politicians and bolster their arguments to stop spending money on homelessness.No, it's not only the homeless that are "short-changed", but rather the individuals who are forced to pay for crack and booze for the designated downtrodden. Lost Budgie exposes the scam further, suggesting the census might lead to an inflated figure favoring the expansion of city hall:
On the night of Wednesday, April 19, 2006, some 1,700 volunteers will fan out across Toronto in an attempt to take a census of homeless people sleeping on the streets, in parks and at City of Toronto homeless shelters...It is not clear how these fake homeless people are to act as "controls". Apparently the number of paid participants filling out false surveys will be randomly pulled from the pile of questionaires.
Unlike the national census, participation is voluntary, although volunteers can make up the answers if individuals fitting the stereotype refuse to comply with their demands. Lost Budgie provides a sample of the questions asked:
PART ONE (surveyors begin asking questions here)
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, April 20, 2006