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[–]Vigte[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (2 children)

In 1987, there were more than 18,000 homeless people there. The latest figures from the end of 2017 show there were about 6,600 people classified as without a home

Since 2007, their government has built homeless policies on the foundations of the "Housing First" principle.

Put simply, it gives rough sleepers or people who become homeless a stable and permanent home of their own as soon as possible.

It then provides them with the help and support they need. That may be supporting someone trying to tackle an addiction, assisting them to learn new skills, or helping them get into training, education or work.

I don't see how this concept isn't a thing everywhere.

My idea has always been to battle homelessness by making panhandling completely illegal (no mercy, no "warnings" - as well as punishment for the person giving the cash) - this way it forces them to either get a job to remain homeless (if it's by choice) - or to turn to the programs for help. They can sign a waiver if they want to remain homeless - but there WILL be interaction between any homeless and government. For their own good. Many are mentally ill or sick, or just straight up down and out - they need help but won't or can't admit it often.

The "help" would get them a job and give them a hotel style accommodation, with 0 tolerance for drugs or alcohol - their wages would be taken and put in a savings account for a year. At the end of the year, a rental property will be found and paid for partially in advance - etc etc. The savings could be doled out as monthly/bi-weekly payments and there would be plenty of support, psychological, legal, financial - etc.

If they fuck up and end up homeless again, rather than talk to their case-worker or use the help services, then they can stay that way for a year (maybe 6 months). A second chance with the system is allowed. A third, is not.

Human beings thrive under pressure of permanent failure and hand-holding and socialized gifts of money don't work - it's obvious now.

[–]Jesus 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (1 child)

Corporations run on crony-socialism and welfare. Many homeless people are sick and/or have neurodegenerative infections either by drug use and often by chance. Some of these infections are incurable and often cost 10’s of thousands of dollars to cure. Many of these brain infections are termed the rich man disease because it takes either a remortgage on your home or a selling of your assets just to pay for treatment. If you’re young and do not have either, your left in debt with no plausible way of getting treatment. Therefore, the degeneration process ensues. You’d be surprised at the number of homeless people who became homeless and indebt due to medical expenses and neurodegenerative diseases. Many of whch are not written into US medical code because treatment of everyone would cost the economy 10’s of billions of dollars. UN has disability codes for these infections and neuro infections/degenerative diseases but they are not enforced in many western countries which leaves the insurance companies to deny payment.

I know 5 families from my region 4 of which are homeless die to medical expenses from a rare strain of mycoplasma infection and bartonella hensale. The latter if not treated quicly can cause numerous mental and physical disabilities.

[–]Vigte[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

Yeah, that's why I said you have to sort out the reason for the homelessness.

I mean there are perfectly fine ones - and there are those who can't even hold a conversation or be around other human beings. The point is that the government needs to know WHO is out there and help those willing, those unwilling must sign paperwork or they won't stop being bothered by their case-worker/the police.

People who need medical help, would get it. (plus some changes to the healthcare system wouldn't hurt much)