posted on Jan, 26 2014 @ 04:52 PM
It has been known for some time that providing the homeless with permanent shelter is much cheaper than cleaning up after the messes they create.
There are many types of homeless people who are homeless for different reasons.
First there are people down on their luck, who get into a bad situation and wind up on the streets. These people are looking to become fully employed
again. They take care of themselves, and most eventually find jobs, find help, and get off the streets.
There are the drug addicts and alcoholics, whose main aim is to keep feeding their addictions. Most will never get off of the streets, and wind up
There are the broken people. Something happened, that damaged them to a point where they will never be able to function again. It is really sad, but
this happens to some people, and those people who don't have anyone to fall back on for support, wind up chronically homeless. Many of these people
do ok on the streets. They learn how to survive and blend in.
A certain segment chooses to be homeless. Many of these people do well for themselves. They learn how to blend in, keep away from the authorities,
find those places where they can camp, well hidden from society. They know where to find occasional work, and handouts, and work the system. Often
they hunt and fish, and forage off of the land. They migrate with the seasons, and in most ways live a quality life, but it takes a lot of skill to
survive like this. They aren't going to move into tent city.
Lastly, there is that segment of homeless people who are mentally ill, and simply do not have the coping mechanisms to succeed. This is probably the
majority of homeless, at least from what I have seen. Their quality of life varies from decent, to horrible. These are people who should be treated
as people with serious illnesses. If they can be cured, give them the necessary treatment. if not, the humanitarian thing would be to provide them
with a place to live with a reasonable quality of life.
These different groups, and I am sure there are others should probably be dealt with differently.
The first group should be given training, and opportunity to get back on their feet. Remember the movie "The Pursuit of Happiness"?
The druggies and the alcoholics, we would all be better off to get them off of the streets, into rehab if they are willing to participate, and isolate
them someplace away from society. Maybe we could set them up in special little communities.
Help the broken people mend themselves. Set them up in shared housing, give them counseling and an opportunity to rebuild their pride, and sense of
self worth. Ease them back into a condition where they can be contributing members of society again.
The people who want to be homeless, live off the land, leave them alone, as long as they aren't committing crimes.