Solution? No one has a "solution". There are ways of mitigating the problem, though. And that means digging into the root causes of homelessness. And, for the record, not all of them "don't want to work". At least a small number do work. And some honestly wish to work, but it is difficult to make oneself presentable for most jobs when one is homeless, and many employers simply refuse to hire the homeless.
There are many reasons people find themselves homeless. Not all are within one's power to control. Still, a great many are due to drug addiction (often begun on over-perscribed legal drugs) and mental health issues (mass closing of mental health facilities in ~ 80s). Those things need to be addressed if we wish to see any real reduction in the homeless population. There are veterans who have fallen through the cracks; fathers who had to move out, but are still responsible for taking care of their families due to divorce; and many other reasons that simply do not equate to being lazy.
I was homeless once, as a teen. I managed to get a job earning about ⅓ the minimum wage, while my bf earned minimum. We lived in a pup tent and heated water over the fire to sponge bathe until we could swing a cheap room to rent...it took nearly all of our earnings. It wasn't easy, even as a teen.
Years ago, I was in regular contact with a few of our chronically homeless downtown. There were several aforementioned vets, and several with mental issues. I got the distinct impression that at least a couple of them preferred being homeless. They had likely been in mental institutions previously, and seemed to like their freedom, despite the hardships.
The extremely high cost of living in some areas doesn't help. Neither does an open southern border.
Still, I think it a mistake to judge all by a single metric.
I agree with everything you said and I apologize if I made it sound like "all of them don't want to work." I was the words Cortez used in pushing a guaranteed basic income for all
Of course, some are homeless for things beyond their control but it looks more and more like there is a growing group who get their government checks and prefer to spend them on other things than housing. I don't blame them, I understand it. I am especially protective of our vets who have been terribly mistreated by our government. We are allowing others to come in and use our resources when we owe our own people so much.
I, too, was homeless in my teens and slept in a dorm until I could get a paycheck for a downpayment on a one room apartment. I had to make a donut last for three meals and that took my last nickel . I can appreciate your trials of homelessness more than you know.
It's a mistake, too, to think that they get government checks. Perphaps some do, but certainly not all, or even most, I suspect. In my state, for example, single people and couples w/o minor children never qualify for welfare cash benefits, and food stamps w/o work/school are time-limited.
Ah yes, the Green New Deal that would pay folks who "didn't want to work". Yang is the one who is stumping for a UBI. Neither is on speaking terms with reality.
I, personally, know too many who do collect government checks and no, again, not all. I know a single guy (48) who is on state food stamps and they can't can't give him benefits fast enough. A lot of bragging on that going on. A minority woman has seven kids and makes it known how much help she gets. It is hard for those who have to pay for their own
housing, food and health insurance.
Perhaps my state is a lot easier with tax money than yours? Between the feds, the state and the local programs there are many who utilize the system in one way or another.
There appears to be very few in congress who even recognize reality let alone speak to it.
Too many...who are homeless? That was the discussion.
Beyond that, yes, there are many who benefit who shouldn't, and many who should, but do not. That's an entirely different discucussion, however.
The point is that the government is a contributor to homelessness through the funding of
entitlement programs. Monies have to be taken from working segments of society and when those people can no longer pay those taxes, such as property taxes, are they part of the homeless society?
Okay gotcha. We don't ever actually own our homes...we rent from the government after the mortgage is paid off.
Second time today I've had this conversation. So, does government contribute to homelessness?
Of course our finances are greatly affected by government, so yes, it plays a part.
I would say more people live in homes who don't actually work. So I think it's the frustration of working 60 hour weeks serving people who don't work at all then watch them go to their huge mansions… the same people who say you should work harder then your 60 hour week. These people see the excess and the waste and ask is it too much to ask for this little corner of sidewalk??? Yes it is.. these people you see begging a the stop lights aren't the homeless anyway just beggars..those that chose to be homeless and are successful you hardly notice. So I don't think it's all drugs and no discipline.. some want something other then what modern society offers , mostly adventure but at least options and this lack of lifestyle options is what drives the extremes of homelessness.
I think it should not be governments responsibility but every civilian should demand some sort of minimum standard of living is guarantied for each human being .
Maybe like dorm room style apartments... if you provide your own home you get tax equivalate. But yes you will have to pay to get these mostly mentally unhealthy people off the streets. I'd rather see my taxes go to that then the nothing they do right now.
I read an scientific article that said it's unnatural for a human being to want to work 40 hours a week... and that because we are doing so we are causing unnecessary harm to ourselves pushing ourselves harder to work longer hours and it's lowering our lifespans