"Typically, charitable and government efforts to help people like Ray
are conditional on certain behaviors, like getting medical or addictions
treatment, filing monthly reports, or spending on particular services.
And most often, it’s distributed in small, incremental amounts.
“We inherently do not trust people living in poverty,” says Claire
Williams, co-founder of FSC. “If you think of something like income
assistance, welfare, even employment insurance, we make the burden of
proof so high for people to access those benefits because we
fundamentally assume that people are trying to cheat the system.”
Through repeated interviews over the year, the FSC team sought to answer
a poetically simple question. Would the lives of homeless people improve
if we just gave them what they needed: cash?"
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