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Exactly, the situation is more complex. Do some people seek the West Coast for certain drugs, such they do though those are more common now on the East Coast. It could be for the Op's subject, drug use became a symptom of homelessness. Or did the family that invited them, found they use drugs as to why they wouldn't allow them to stay?
Even if that were the whole truth -- it's only PART of the whole truth, and we both know it -- there is still no excuse for allowing such a situation to exist.