This chapter assesses how homeless people get money. For many homeless people, one of the tasks to be accomplished, usually each day, is to get money. It may come as a surprise to many people that a sizable portion of able-bodied homeless people get their money from working a job. Indeed, they work seasonal jobs in construction, as agricultural workers, in fast food restaurants, as cleaning staff at local motels, and as aides in elder care. The chapter then explores the alternatives to working a regular salaried job, looking briefly at three moneymaking avenues: entrepreneurship, plasma donation, and panhandling. It also provides a detailed account of one of the main avenues for the homeless to find work: day labor.
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