When I first read Patrick McConlogue’s post on Medium about a month ago – titled “Finding The Unjustly Homeless and Teaching Them to Code” – I’ll admit I was skeptical.
McConlogue wrote about the homeless man he sees on his way to work each day. He has drive, McConlogue assures the reader. So the 23-year-old Manhattan-based programmer comes up with this:
The idea is simple. Without disrespecting him, I will offer two options:
- I will come back tomorrow and give you $100 in cash.
Who is this guy? I thought to myself, scanning the rest of the article. It would make more sense to give them food, or housing options, right? Than code?
Sure enough, I wasn’t the only person who felt that way. The masses were quick to scoff at McConlogue’s idea. “Homelessness Solved“, was Valleywag’s headline.
I called McConlogue on the phone.
mirror’s a convo i was having with a co-worker earlier today, but just thought this was pretty cool… homeless, to coding, to getting something out there in a month? fuck yeah.