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originally posted by: anon72
Good thread but we have to look at reality also.
Yes, they could be given homes but they don't have the means or desire to maintain them properly.
85% are homeless because they want to be. Not everyone wants to be like you/us?!.
I have a college frat bro who is living large in the Miami area-being homeless. He left his wife and two kids in PA and never went back..... go figure. (he is missing most of his teeth though-from the last pic I got of him).
originally posted by: Goteborg
a reply to: AccessDenied
There are homeless near where I live which is new , some of them are even living out in the woods and marshland out beyond the city limits and that's dangerous as hell.
originally posted by: Rezlooper
Do you realize how high homeless numbers are rising?
And you think it's because people want to be homeless. Could it have anything to do with the lack of jobs or the lack of good-paying jobs while prices are skyrocketing.
A few years ago, an unprecedented 45 million people are on food stamps, then what happens...grocery store prices go through the roof. Why? Because, the industry realized 45 million were on food stamps so why not jack the prices up, heck, it's not there money right? It's taxpayer dollars (the government), so, just like every other industry, let's fleece the government. While milk, eggs, meats, and just about everything else in the market is rising in price, incomes aren't keeping up. Food stamp benefits don't increase so there benefit doesn't last the month, they are using there little bit of cash anyways, making it harder to pay bills.
Take a look at social security benefits...how much have benefits raised over the past five years, while prices have skyrocketed. People on social security nowadays are broke within a week of receiving their benefits and have to live on absolutely nothing for the rest of the month...not even money to do laundry, get dish soap, or get extra food, let alone have any sort of entertainment in their lives anymore because everything cost too damn much.
Prices continue to rise from gasoline, groceries, entertainment, to household necessities, while incomes stay the same...it's no wonder homeless numbers are rising at unprecedented levels. People are simply giving up and believe me, it's not by choice. It's not because they want to be!
I know these things because I'm living it and I see it within my own family. I know of three very close people to me who are on social security and all three of them are broke within a week to two weeks and then, have to find a way to live the rest of the month on nothing. If they run out, they simply have to wait. Dirty laundry piles up, among other hardships. They've learned to go without and adjust barely maintaining their residences. Prices go up anymore without a rise in benefits, they may just be the next homeless statistics, and it's not because they choose it!