Project Place Executive Director Suzanne Kenney recently penned an oped for Talk Poverty outlining her prescription for ending homelessness: jobs, jobs, and more jobs:
“While it is critical that we provide housing to reduce homelessness among individuals and families, the ultimate solution to ending homelessness must involve preventing it from occurring in the first place. That means reliable employment that pays decent wages—it means talking jobs as well as homes.”
Kenney’s message resonated with readers: BillMoyers.com picked up the column and between the two publications, her column earned more than 14,000 “likes” on Facebook!
Kenney also recently appeared on Boston’s Neighborhood Network News to talk about some of the barriers to employment presented by homelessness: “When you’re living in a shelter with 400 other people, it’s very difficult to follow a routine,” Kenney said, adding that at the end of the day, steady employment was not just “about the paycheck, it’s about getting your dignity back.”