Percy’s family moved out of Chicago. He decided to stay and see if he can make it on his own but ended up homeless.
Percy has been on the streets for two years. He just passed the drug test to get into housing!
I personally have issues with drug testing a homeless person as a prerequisite to getting off the streets into some form of housing! People should not have to earn the right to be inside!
People use drugs to forget the pain. Homelessness is painful! The theory that a person that uses drugs be left outside until they sober up or die, not only is cruel, it’s proven not to be effective in reducing homelessness, and I believe — stupid!
I know for me, there was a time when I needed drugs more than I needed air. I wanted to stop but I could not! We need to get people into housing – period!
Doing so saves lives and taxpayer money!
Percy’s three wishes: his own place, a car, and a job!