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There is and always has been a simple solution to providing shelter for the homeless, at least for those who will not automatically return to a life on the streets. That solution is Universal Foster Care, of a type modified to accommodate adults, especially those with mental health issues and various types of addictions.

Would this be a drain on the economy? Not at all. The number of homeless is less than 1% of the population. Paying people to see to their needs would actually be an investment, because it would halt much of the problem in its tracks and serve to remedy and monitor self-destructive behaviour, thereby solving collateral problems like petty crime and medical issues.

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by gsmonks

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( Posted by: awhippingflame [Member] On: September 24, 2011 )

Homeless scamming
I believe homelessness was a problem about 25 years ago, but now it has become a life style choice.

Every year in our community the local news outlets run news stories (paper and TV) that feature the local homeless culture. It is a culture choice for about 98% of all homeless people. They choose to be homeless as it requires no responsibility, they qualify for free charity from various outlets, and the city gives them orange vests so they can "safely" pan handle on street corners and busy intersections.

I have no charity for homeless people -- if someone is homeless because they lost a home and have absolutely no family or friends that will help, there are hundreds of organizations that will help. If they have been homeless for 10 - 15 years then it is their choice.

I have people approach me in parking lots all the time asking for money to feed their kids (who are nowhere in sight). So I offer to buy them a sack full of cheese burgers and they always decline and ask for the money instead. I offered to buy one lady $50 worth of ready to eat groceries, she said she just needs the $50.

Don't mean to rant, just adding 2 cents.


( Posted by: BWOz [Member] On: April 22, 2012 )

Most people living on the street are there because they fall through the cracks. Most suffer from mental illness, and Welfare isn't designed to take care of the mentally ill.

Because Welfare DOES deal with the mentally ill, and is not designed to, it does so extremely poorly. The mentally ill and handicapped are treated as "out of work", and are therefore stigmatised.

Kids living on the street as a "lifestyle choice" are in the minority, and do so only is a few of the largest cities. Equating them with the genuinely homeless is false and misleading, because they are not genuinely homeless, they have other recourse, and there's nothing wrong with them.

Lumping the two groups together is unfair to the genuinely homeless, and only serves to prolong the stigma attached to the mentally ill, who are treated like garbage in North America.

( Posted by: gsmonks [Member] On: April 22, 2012 )

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