Seattle Imitates US Government
Now it's become an old saying; you don't issue debt to solve your deficit spending crisis. Seattle is doing just that, metaphorically, by curing alcoholism with alcohol. Brilliant!
The government-subsidized housing project in Seattle caters exclusively to 75 hard-core alcoholics who came from the streets and are allowed to keep drinking, snub treatment and still keep a roof over their heads.But seriously the amenities are extrodinary:
Upstairs are 49 traditional studios with small kitchenettes and private bathrooms. The stoves have automatic shut-off timers in case a resident passes out. The bathroom floor and the kitchen sink have overflow drains to prevent floods if the faucet is left on or the toilet overflows. Every apartment has a two-way intercom, allowing front desk staffers to make announcements to the group or individuals. The system also allows staff to listen in on the residents, although administrators say there's neither the time nor inclination to do that.The article does not state where one can apply for the program, but we are definitely looking into it.