@ Vince: What exactly do you think is the cause and how would you suggest
It's the same old story, though. We are treating the symptom rather than
the causes. In fact, I think some homeless advocates like it that way in order
to keep themselves the center of attention.
@ Say NO: Permanent housing is the first step - followed by or in conjunction
with rehab, therapy, medications where indicated, and job training. It is really
difficult to rehab, therapy, job training, etc. to be effective when an
individual is living on the street - that is why it is called "Housing
First" not "Housing Only".
The solution of the social justice crowd IS the problem.They say the fix
is permanent housing. They are wrong.The fix is self-reliance. Permanent
housing will only encourage another crowd wanting the same perk.For some
the real fix is institutionalization, but that's a dirty word to
progressives.They need rehab. They need jobs. They need meds. Some simply
need to be locked up.Everything else is just a band-aid.
It would be interesting to find out how many of these people got one way bus
tickets from their home cities. I keep reading where SLC is becoming the
destination of choice for the homeless because we have so many programs to help
them. It is kind of shady to me that these neighboring states would give them
one way tickets. I'm glad we do what we can to help. I can't imagine
spending a homeless winter in SLC.