posted on Nov, 17 2012 @ 08:38 PM
Homelessness is a complicated issue. There are a lot of stakeholders involved. Where do we house them when they lose their jobs and then their homes.
Cities and municipalities pass laws, codes and ordinances that exclude individuals, single mothers and families from the community context. If you
don't have a home or a job you are seen as a vagrant. Someone who should be sent packing. Often to get a job you have to have a real address (not a
P.O. box) and a contact phone number at minimum. Many communities utilize a bus intervention therapy. They buy you a ticket or take you to the
outskirts of town and send you on your way. In many communities there are people and non-profits that want to provide shelter and services. But
because of laws, codes and ordinances they are unable to meet those requirements. The homeless try to build shanty towns under bridges or in the woods
and law enforcement tears them down and burns them. In some countries the homeless are allowed to build shanty towns and they self regulate their
community. If I were to attempt to build concrete apartments (fire resistant) with enough room for someone to have a bed to get out of the weather I
would never be allowed to build them because of the
laws, codes and ordinances. People who have a job and a home don't want the homeless living anywhere near them, neither do businesses, nor
communities. When mental hospitals closed and the patients were put out on the streets mental health clinics were supposed to provide the necessary
support for those people to have access to shelter and services. Unfortunately, it was an unfunded mandate. Veterans are another large percentage of
the homeless. Suffering from PTSD and physical disabilities. Unable to work just like others with disabilities they find themselves on the street.
Many of the homeless prefer to not seek shelters. The reason they don't is because many shelters battle bedbugs, lice and crabs. How many of us would
want to sleep in a shelter under those conditions? So when you see a person sleeping out in a car or under a tree they may have a very good reason for
it. Communities are going to have to work together and be creative. It might require modifying some laws, codes and ordinances to be more flexible to
find solutions. You are right sometimes the homeless will break the law just to get a warm bed and food. Can you blame them if there is no
alternative. Should we arrest them for being poor? Shall we drive them out of town like lepers? Out of sight , out of mind! Really?