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Wikipedia: Homelessness in the United States
Observers of modern homelessness often cite some of the following potential causes of homelessness:
* The movement in the 1960s in state mental health systems to shift towards community-based treatment as opposed to long-term commitment in institutions. Unfortunately, absent local community programs, many patients ended up in the streets.
* The failure of urban housing projects to provide safe, secure, and affordable housing to the poor.
* The economic crises and "stagflation" of the 1970s, which caused high unemployment. Unlike European countries, US unemployment insurance does not allow unemployed insurance recipients to obtain job training/education while receiving benefits except under very limited situations.
* The failure of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide effective mental health care and no "Living Wage Job Training" for many veterans, particularly those of the Vietnam War. Many VA critics think veterans are cycled through ineffective 12-step religious indoctrination and dead-end job training programs that actually keeps them on the streets homeless and in poverty.
* There are tens of millions of people in the United States that are substance abusers and have mental issues that have homes and jobs and have never been homeless. The real reason for people becoming homeless is poverty.
My main question after both of these sources is, what are some possible solutions to end homelessness?
My other question is what are your attitudes about the homeless?
In the big city, some people see the homeless as a bother because of their behavior on buses or the streets. But on the other hand, shouldn't the homeless be treated with dignity and help?
Or, is the homeless problem in the U.S. to big to be solved at all?
I think that if we initiate the program that I mentioned earlier over a span of a decade, and made sure no new homeless people could be created, than no the homeless problem would'nt be so big as to not be able to be solved.
Originally posted by DaFunk13
My short answer...
Originally posted by ArMaP
Since then, maybe 2 years ago, I have never seen an homeless.