One of the greatest myths surrounding people experiencing homelessness is that they don't want to work or are simply lazy. In 2018 as a part of Seattle's Point-In-Time (PIT) count, the groups and volunteers taking part in the count were given a list of survey questions to better understand the challenges faced by people living on the streets, how they got there, and what difficulties they faced in transitioning back to full-time work and permanent housing.

Socialwyze Team
April 13, 2021

Dispelling a Key Myth Surrounding People Experiencing Homelessness

One of the greatest myths surrounding people experiencing homelessness is that they don't want to work or are simply lazy.

In 2018 as a part of Seattle's Point-In-Time (PIT) count, the groups and volunteers taking part in the count were given a list of survey questions to better understand the challenges faced by people living on the streets, how they got there, and what difficulties they faced in transitioning back to full time work and permanent housing.

And not surprisingly for those who perform outreach work, run recovery agencies, and/or otherwise help this marginalized part of our community, 45% of the 12,112 people counted in the PIT survey wanted a job or were looking for work.

At Socialwyze we understand that it is critical that there are systems in place to help people get back on their feet through immediate income opportunities which enable people to purchase basic necessities on their journey out of poverty including everything from food, to hygiene products, to temporary housing and even to pay the fees for ID services.

That's why we have created a system to reduce the barriers of entry to work, by creating an easy to use App that connects referring organizations and nonprofits to provide people who need jobs the most with work that most needs to be done. We leverage a donor and government supported community fund to pay underemployed people to perform public benefit work alongside local nonprofits. This allows people fighting their way back off the streets to not only earn much needed income, but also provides direct benefits to the community.

To learn more about our work or if interested in partnering with Socialwyze, or making a tax deductible, charitable contribution to our community fund, please contact us at info@socialwyze.com.