I live in L. A. and this is called Skid row a portion of Downtown L. A. that is the 'home' to almost 18,000 homeless people and that number keeps growing. It's a huge problem in big cities, but what is your general view of the homeless? do you personally know anyone who is homeless?
Most Helpful Girl
My general view is that there are situational homeless and homelessness as a lifestyle.
I believe that many situational homeless people may turn into homelessness as a lifestyle and not many homelessness as a lifestyle turn into situational homelessness.
And I do not believe that building temporary housing solves the problem and I do not believe that removing the "shame" of homelessness helps matters. I think both of these things actually makes matters worse.
Homelessness sucks. And sometimes, some people just need a helping hand. And sometimes, no matter what hand people are dealt, they will end up homeless.
Government programs are not the answer. I am not sure what is the answer but I know government programs will get us further away from solving the problem. At least, that is one thing I am pretty sure about though I have no clue about anything else...
Most Helpful Guy
I think they're a mixed bag. I don't hate them, I certainly don't love them just because they're homeless. They're people, and just like everyone else they're given to ridiculous levels of laziness.
People won't work as long as they can eat and take a shower, and once someone's become content with begging for the rest of their life even telling them they could have their own bedroom isn't going to wake them up.
We have shelters. You'd be surprised how many of them aren't even close to full capacity. That says a lot, considering how many homeless people there are. California is especially bad.1