I believe in the future we will no longer have homelessness problems. We are not there yet. Some cities, like Houston are making progress, as this piece explains: How Houston Moved 25 000 People From the Streets Into Homes of Their Own. Other cities, like San Diego, are taking initiative. Much has to do with the city. NYC, for example. This is a piece discussing their failure: City targeted same homeless New Yorkers over and over in encampment sweeps. But at least some people are looking into new ideas, as this shows: What Would It Take to Move Street Homeless New Yorkers into Housing?
Meanwhile in Canada, there are small scale initiatives being tried, as this piece, Shower project, and this piece, Man forced to stop building tiny homes for Toronto’s homeless now has a new project, illustrate. The solution is proper housing. Stop gap measures are just that: stop gaps.
If you want to deal with homelessness, you need to know roughly how many people are homeless. This explains how many there in Toronto.
Finally, here are some pieces that are related to the issue: Is Our Homelessness Crisis Really a Drug Problem?, and “Maid” author Stephanie Land on what it feels like to be shamed for being poor, and teen transitions to sobriety and higher education.
I think about homelessness all the time. Hence these links and these pieces.
So much to read, here. Made me think of this video I watched last week about how Finland ended homelessness.
Lots to consider for sure. But it is worthwhile, and anything I can do to move things in the right direction is a good one.
You and I are in the same boat, so to speak.