The (mentally ill) person does something which they intend as a benefit and people react.
The (mentally ill) person feels attacked, often where no attack was intended.
This is the problem that needs to be addressed, as has been stated.
The reason (mentally ill) people don't have jobs is because they can't keep them, due to their illness, not that they can't find them.
I'm not trying to attack anyone in this thread by using the term mentally ill.
I suffer from something that has been variously diagnosed as aspergers/bipolar/borderline/crazy/mentally ill
and I understand this pattern completely.
I was homeless for 3 months when I lost my job because of problems interacting with other employees. I seem to be too sensitive or maybe I'm imagining slights.
Whatever the cause, the result is I have serious problems maintaining any relationships with anyone, even my family members.
I can be highly functioning for months at a time and I did have a 10 year relationship with someone, so I'm not beyond help and I'm not an awful person (though I feel like one despite my best efforts at positive affirmations!) but something seems to build inside me until it erupts in a stream of negativity that most people would rather not have to deal with, and so they don't.
My parents were both alcoholics, so I'm sure that is part of it, but being a slave 8 hours a day is very difficult for me, and always has been.
I'm 54 years old and on the verge of homelessness again after working IBM and Intel, among other industry giants.
There is no safety net in the US for unmarried males without dependents. It is assumed we are immune to struggles and should be able to lift ourselves up by our bootstraps.
I applaud the efforts of people like AustenAllred who are attempting to find market solutions to problems like homelessness. Bravo!
For me the problematic dynamic came from having things upset me and build up until I would get so angry it would explode outward. I grew up learning to hold it in, so I had no idea I could talk about problems with people. It wasn't so much letting go of the anger as talking about feelings and difficulties with people allowed me to avoid hitting that breaking point and over time, the anger and resentment has faded. Additionally, those conversations led to a level of trust where I feel like I can reach out to the person when something comes up or even strongly supported by them.
Coming from alcoholic parents, you might want to check out Al Anon. I found that and Codependents Anonymous invaluable as places where I was surrounded by people struggling with many of the same social issues I did. Also, it was unique in that it's an environment where talking about these sort of things is encouraged and invited, in public I tend to find that people find these topics uncomfortable and unwelcome.