America's homeless are America's indigenous refugees.
We've all seen or read the stories of "homelessness" around the nation. It has been getting worse. And it will continue to get worse, especially since nothing substantive is being done to resolve economic or moral debts. This site needs to be more than a bitching site. How about actually discussing solutions. Consider how the problem "ought to be resolved". With the greatest compassion and effectiveness. With plenty of discussion aimed at what the solution needs to "look like" then a strategy can be designed to get us there. Of course laws will need to be implemented, and changed. But if anyone wants to take the problem of "Vagrancy" seriously, then let me know. I'd love to contribute to solving the problem.
Sigh. I read complaints about the homeless. And the solutions? Ashley has one. I'll give her credit for that. Who else? I don't agree with her solution (take them to the county line and dump them off). I've thought about doing that to dogs and cats that have crapped on my lawn. But dumping cats and dogs off at the county line would be inhumane. Doing this to people? Wow. Look, I recently read that our federal government is spending 64 BILLIONS in "foreign aid" this year alone! I'm of the mind to teach people to fish, rather than giving food, money, shelter, and so on. Let's have a conversation that requires solutions. Solutions are like opinions most of us have them. So why not discuss solutions rather than repeating what we already clearly know? So here's mine. Mock me if you want but if you have a better one I'll step right up and will happily admit you idea makes more sense. That's what forums like this OUGHT to do. So, what if our state, and or federal representatives would set aside land suitable for developing land for the homeless? Visualize an army post. Self contained. Partially built with the objective that the "homeless" could build out the project. Those too addled to work should be considered for some kind of low level work. Those better suited to build, cook, think, can be given positions of responsibility. At some level a below societal minimal wages can be provided to those who work. The room, board, and security should be provided, No alcohol. No drugs, no pot. Anyone found loitering in town (several chances) or obviously incapable of taking care of themselves - we see many of these here and they are all over the nation, can be sent to the "organized" homeless shelters where those who have a desire to pull themselves up will be offered opportunities to do so. The "problems" with this solution ought to be solved by the tenants AND the local community (those communities within the county where the shelter is located.
OK this is one solution. Give me better. The best solutions should then be collected for further discussion. And understand that when a suitable solution is attained then real action to press upon our government representatives must then be sought. Anyone with me on this idea?
Moving the homeless to the county line, or to their last know address merely waves the problem away temporarily. Like waving flies away. They'll be sure to come back and the futility of treating the symptoms should be evident. Los Angeles County has an estimated 100,000 homeless. Orange County California is abutting Los Angeles County. They have a similar number of homeless. If this seems unbelievable I urge you to do some research. This is a growing problem and it will get worse. We've all read about the problems in San Francisco. Smaller cities, especially where the climate is easier for the homeless seems as bad relative to those general populations. America has a very real economic problem. A debt problem which is guaranteed to exacerbate the homelessness disaster. Relief is necessary now. Relief might come if concerned citizens begin to organize to address the problem. It's evident that our politicians would rather wave the problem away.