Thursday, July 22, 2004

What Do Homeless Persons Need?

A webpage, of course.

The Bush Administration is clearly coming to an end and Bush officials are looking for other jobs. For example, one of Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao's media people is trying out as a joke writer for the Jay Leno show.

Labor Department Launches Web Site to Help the Homeless

WASHINGTON—The Department of Labor (DOL) today launched a Web site to help America’s homeless find jobs through mainstream as well as targeted training, education and placement services and to provide a vital link to government-wide resources.

"This Web page furthers the Administration’s commitment to helping the homeless, including homeless veterans," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, who serves as vice chairman of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. "The Department of Labor is committed to pooling our resources and working together with Congress, our federal, state and local partners to achieve the President’s goal of ending chronic homelessness in 10 years."

The Web page provides links to DOL’s homeless programs as well as to other major government and non-government homeless Web pages and programs. Information on the new Web page will allow groups and individuals to better serve the homeless population. This page can be accessed at:

And what do the homeless find on that webpage when they fire up the computer in the shopping cart or hidden under the cot at the homeless shelter?

They can learn about all of the grants being given to swing states. And they have plenty of time on their hands to read the 2003 DOL Annual Report on Homelessness. Or you can connect to the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives. And never let it be said that this administration doesn't support its brave soldiers in Iraq: Much of the page covers programs for homeless veterans. Finally, homeless families be very pleased to know that Secretary Chao has been named Vice Chairperson of the Interagency Council on Homelessness. That will make their day.

Well, if you can't find enough jobs for people, I suppose a web page will have to do...