Article about why many poorhouses are closing, 1938
CLOSING "POORHOUSES" '-' '-' '-' A Washington dispatch notes that bout 75 of the Institutions that used to be called "poorhouses" have recently recently been closed, as a result of old age' pensions. Also the population of many other such Institutions is being .depleted. Some years ago there were about 8,500 almshouses in the United States, caring for something over 80,-000 80,-000 80,-000 lnmatee. .The people of former generations felt a great dread of having to resort to - the so-called so-called so-called poorhouses. They worked long hour in the effort to lay tip savings which would keep them from having to seek this form of aid. t Recent years have seen such widespread widespread destitution, and so many worthy worthy people have been unable to find work, that the government has had to -pass -pass out aid to a large section of the population, A good, many people have Rotten over the old, reluctance to seek p. folic aid, though in the main those who have had uch help are keen to find Jobs and wish to support them- them- If people have done their best, they need have no. sense of shame in asking' asking' help. Marly, who are permanently -incapacitated -incapacitated could probably be cared for at least expense in the type of Institution called an almshouse, which Is sometimes referred to by the plcas-ntername plcas-ntername plcas-ntername of the "city home." Most of these places are very nicely conducted conducted now, and people who have had misfortunes should not be ashamed to seek their shelter. " . The community does not want to be imposed on by the Indolent and lazy, but It wants to make life comfortable comfortable for those on whom life has been herd. The old age pension sys-t sys-t sys-t terns should usually care for those too Cti to work, mostly in their own homes. : There will always be some who have no home to whloh to go, and the community must continue to deal kindly, with those who must look ,for refuge to some public dwelling.