As skills and abilities are acquired or enhanced, these newly enabled people can move back into the general population. This would seem to satisfy the basic need of housing, the secondary need of work and building self-esteem, and a tertiary need of gaining education and skills to be able to reenter the workforce. The concentration of efforts should allow for maximum efficiency in distribution of funds to start and maintain these facilities.
I don’t have any estimates on what this program might cost, but whatever that is; doesn’t it seem like a good investment? If this basic works, then it seems possible to expand it to the original goals of the CCC and WPA; having the newly skilled work force apply themselves to infrastructure projects. Construction and maintenance of the levee system looks like a good place to start.
I’m sure that there are people out there who have a better understanding than I of what needs to be done, so please speak up. I would think that it is possible to get, even the ultra-conservatives behind this. We sell it as “making the streets safer”, or “making the city more attractive”, or something similar. Advertising agencies could be hired to make it sound compelling to the rich.
What do you think?