Tlaib unveils proposal to give homeless people $1,400 a month for 36 months

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) is proposing legislation to give free money to some homeless people under a new pilot program that could put $1,400 a month into the pockets of selected individuals.

The “Squad” member has been keeping a relatively low profile lately after her anti-Semitism was formally rebuked by her House colleagues last year but hasn’t given up on hustling for socialism which could be implemented piecemeal by taking small steps to avoid alarming the public.

The congresswoman has unveiled the Youth Homelessness Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Act which could dole out up to $50,000 to certain “homeless emancipated youth and adults under 30” over 36 months in cash payments of $1,400 a month or the adjusted fair market rent.

“We can’t keep repeating the same policy approaches that haven’t ended the youth homelessness crisis,” the left-wing lawmaker said. “By providing direct cash assistance, we can address our housing crisis while respecting the autonomy and dignity of the folks receiving assistance.”

“This bill came directly from young people with lived experience. They helped craft the bill to ensure that it meets the real needs of our unhoused neighbors. In the richest country in the history of the world, it’s time to eradicate homelessness. The Youth Homelessness Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Act brings us closer to that goal,” Tlaib added.

As is nearly always the case with anything proposed by the modern Democratic party, white heterosexuals need not apply.

“In a given year, over 3.5 million young adults and roughly 700,000 young people experience some form of homelessness, with specific groups facing a much higher risk than others. Black young people, for example, have an 83 percent greater risk of being unhoused, while LGBTQ+ youth have a 120 percent higher likelihood of experiencing homelessness compared to others. From 2022-2023, the number of unhoused young adults between the ages of 18 to 24 increased 17 percent,” reads a statement posted to Tlaib’s website.

“It is time to demonstrate the benefits of direct cash assistance for young people experiencing homelessness, which is why the Youth Homelessness Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Act is needed. More importantly, participants in past cash assistance programs have described the impact as life changing. Cash assistance provides individuals with the freedom to make their own choices about how to address their unique circumstances,” the statement reads.

The legislation is co-sponsored by several other leftist House members including fellow “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), the bomb-throwing ethically challenged Black Lives Matter activist who is facing a serious primary challenge this year.

Also signing on are Reps. Sylvia Garcia (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and faux congresswoman  Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Democrat delegate who represents Washington, D.C.

“The Youth Homelessness Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Act is a welcomed first step towards addressing the ongoing issue of homelessness and the manner in which unhoused residents are disproportionately impacted by the criminal system,” said Detroit Justice Center Executive Director Nancy Parker, who is with one of the groups that has endorsed the legislation.

“Our current system fails to address known root causes, and instead, substitutes prisons and jails for actual policies that address the confluence of indigency and egregiously high housing costs in this country. This bill represents a long overdue shift away from the flawed carceral approach towards a more just city,” Parker said.

Chris Donaldson

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