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11-07-2019, 12:28 PM

I'm not as sour on this as most because I see the complexity involved as to why some who choose not to be homeless end up that way. Not everyone sleeping out of their car, if they are fortunate enough to still own a car, or sleeping in a tent is a lazy no good piece of shit. Admittedly, there are bums and always will be, but not everyone that has found their predicament landing them without a rented roof over their heads chose to end that way. If you ever take the time to actually talk to some, you might find out there were some uncontrollable dire circumstances that landed them there. I have met men that had been hard working carpenters their whole life but due to the illness and death of their spouse, then their own medical problems, ended up penniless losing everything due to medical bills. Now they are living out of their vehicles with their little dogs and can only work minimal handyman jobs due to their physical disability from heart attacks they suffered. One such person told me he still owes the hospital hundreds of thousands of dollars fro his and his deceased wife's surgeries. How do you look an honest man just trying to get by in the eye and tell him he has to park his truck (home) somewhere else even though he wasn't bothering a soul?

Rather than think of them as human scum to be discarded like trash, I prefer to think of the situation as an opportunity to solve a problem that we can't and shouldn't ignore.

Homeless shelters are similar to barracks style living and work up to a point, but they are also 100% transient in that none provide long term shelter for people to get back on their feet nor provide a place to call "home" where they can receive mail, or anything more than a place to eat, sleep, shower, and do laundry, with most people booted out every morning to go find work. Therein is a problem because a lot of jobs are not 9-5. If they had a place to sleep during the day, they could take night jobs as janitors, cooks, etc etc. that they can't take because they have no place to sleep during the day. Think about it...... If rounding everyone up and shooing them off is the only solution, then that says a lot about what we have become and not who we are. We solved the problems of nations in the past...... how about solving the problems of OUR nation now?


Why not consider building barracks style housing like we do for the military where each person has their own room, but shared facilities, an address to receive mail, a phone number to receive job offers or interview appointments, an email address, do their laundry, and sleep during the day if needed to work a night job such as housekeeping in office buildings etc??. Even charge low rent from those that have income and pay qualified inhabitants to do managerial, custodial, and maintenance of the communal housing unit. Such an investment by a city might actually work and be healthier for all than what we have now. It is just one idea... but it is an idea for a solution.

Such a model would have to be built on a 100% drug/alcohol/tobacco free environment since all of those create a financial burden to becoming wholly self-sufficient. Wanna roof over your head to get back on your own 2 feet, live sober.



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