|Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:37:25 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Oct 20, 2017, at 9:15 AM, Alan O'Hashi via Cohousing-L <cohousing-l [at] > cohousing.org> wrote: > > A "slush fund" may make assistance a one-stop shop, but if a person or family > is in distress, the community will rise to the occasion - no coddling > necessary. I agree. I think this is wonderful advice I wouldn’t call it “coddling” necessarily, but there is no easy way to do institutionalized subsidies on a continuous basis. Judging “need” is in the eye of the beholder. And it creates beggars and givers. Or beggars, donors, and judges. People will step up when it is an emergency. And the focus will stay on the need and the generosity rather than on a regulatory systems. One person reported that when he needed to go to graduate school to remain employed, he found an envelop with $200 (adjusted for inflation) in his cubby every month. He never knew where it came from. In another people made contributions to an adoption fund for a single parent. Dinner, theater, and babysitting for a German family leaving after a two-year fellowship who had not been able to afford a visit to the Kennedy Center. People also donate things that either enrich the community or in the end lower monthly fees — A flat of flowering plants in the spring. A new rug for the playroom. Monthly deliveries of supplies for the CH. Toys for the playroom. The impulse to set up special funds, etc., are well intended but hard to administer. That’s why a basic income would be less costly than the enormous system of allotting and regulating food stamps, subsidized school lunches, aid to dependent children, etc.
a slush fund for temporary financial relief Rodney Elin, October 19 2017
- Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief Alan O'Hashi, October 20 2017
- Re: a slush fund for temporary financial relief Sharon Villines, October 20 2017
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