Vigil memorializes 116 homeless who died in past year

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  • NoNamesAccepted St. George, UT
    Dec. 26, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    If we want any hope of addressing "homelessness" we've got to stop talking about it monolythicaly. The "homeless" are there for one or more of several very different reasons.

    Some are mentally ill and refuse to live in a home even if they have family more than willing to provide shelter for free.

    Some are drug addicts who will spend every penny they can get on their next fix.

    Some are simply unable to afford rent including young runaway, women fleeing abusive situations, etc.

    And then there are the criminals--including drug dealers--who prey on the above.

    There is not a solution to monolithic "homelessness".

    There are, however, ways to help those temporarily without rent money. There are different ways to help some drug addicts. There may be yet different ways to assist many who are mentallly ill.

    And criminals need to be properly punished and discouraged from repeated offenses.

    Lumping all these groups together as "homeless" makes it much harder to find solutions.