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Old 07-01-2011, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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My observation - no central downtown area, no visible homeless. If people have to drive to everything they go to (post office, stores, hospital, eating places, government services, other services, etc.) in the town, then it's not conducive to homelessness.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:58 PM
 
Location: newport news
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dallas,tx.they got a place there called the bridge that helps homeless people get off the streets and into apartments rent free.also their mens shelter there lets you stay there as long as u want.also dallas has a lot of job oppurtunities.definitely dallas.
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: newport news
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texas is the best place to be if you are homeless,i.e houston,austin,and dallas
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:00 PM
 
Location: NJ
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There was a great documentary about the homeless I saw a few years ago. They generally fell into three categories; 1) mentally ill 2) drug/alcohol problems 3) don't want to work. Not joking about #3. There was a good percent that simply didn't want any part of normal society and preferred living on the street.

I've always thought we should establish "homeless farms" around the country. Have areas where the homeless can go and live in a community, farm the land, build there homes, etc. Much like the Amish. This would be cost effective, and give them a sense of accomplishment and community. Although, if #1, 2, 3 above are true, then the homeless wouldn't go to these farms to live.
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Old 09-20-2011, 08:50 PM
 
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texas is the best place to be if you are homeless,i.e houston,austin,and dallas
was wondering if u were homeless?
cause I just heard Houston has 8000 homeless plus 11000 homeless children plus up
to 5000 incarcerated each night due to homeless and basically 500 yes 500 units
to house these people?????????



cg
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:46 PM
 
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There was a great documentary about the homeless I saw a few years ago. They generally fell into three categories; 1) mentally ill 2) drug/alcohol problems 3) don't want to work. Not joking about #3. There was a good percent that simply didn't want any part of normal society and preferred living on the street.

I've always thought we should establish "homeless farms" around the country. Have areas where the homeless can go and live in a community, farm the land, build there homes, etc. Much like the Amish. This would be cost effective, and give them a sense of accomplishment and community. Although, if #1, 2, 3 above are true, then the homeless wouldn't go to these farms to live.
can you get us the info on documentry? reason I say this is I really would like to see who did it.
people that are homeless are first off poor. Come out of terrible situations no middle upper class families to fall back on. No healthcare.
Imagine that, mental illness from there life of poverty,
probably had a job without healthcare or if they had it inadequate
probably didn't cover mental illness. Unfortunately they turn to alcohol and drugs to
self medicate. This country instead of having help centers on every corner does have alcohol and drugs on many many corners.
They all have worked (or most. talk to them) so that road brought them to where they are? Lets take McDonalds you got 1 real well off humanitarian that owns 5. restaurants employs 300 people without having to give them benefits. He's on the golf course while the poor that work for him are slipping away.
The 300 people are paying 20% taxes to to the government while he is raking in millions.
Guess what when those people end up say 2% of them having a mental break down
there is little help out there. (the owner that has been raping them sure ain't gonna help)
Why would they wanna even keep going down this road by working? this country offers nothing. Its sad.
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Old 09-20-2011, 10:05 PM
 
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Default Realize

We are ALL so close to being homeless
to those that think your not

all it takes is 1 bad health test
and everything you have could be. gone. ll
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Old 09-21-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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Been going to San Fran for years now, and last month it was worse than ever.

Homeless people following others down the street unrelenting, screaming on the corners, one was pounding as hard as he could on the window of the diner we were trying to eat at. Then we walk outside and within a block two more came up to strangers, put their arms around them and babbled about money and who knows what - refusing to let go. Then at the end of the block there's a guy peeing all over the sidewalk right in front of us.

And this was a block away from Union Square at 10pm on a Friday night!
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Old 09-21-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Mt. Airy
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Been going to San Fran for years now, and last month it was worse than ever.

Homeless people following others down the street unrelenting, screaming on the corners, one was pounding as hard as he could on the window of the diner we were trying to eat at. Then we walk outside and within a block two more came up to strangers, put their arms around them and babbled about money and who knows what - refusing to let go. Then at the end of the block there's a guy peeing all over the sidewalk right in front of us.

And this was a block away from Union Square at 10pm on a Friday night!
This is very similar to mine and my wife's experience last fall. We stayed in a hotel that was pretty close to Union Square. We saw at least six homeless people peeing (two on our way to our hotel from the Bart station), lots and lots of yelling (most of the time at no one) and endless attempts for money. Some guy with a dog, and who looked plenty healthy, got mad because I wouldn't buy him a slice of pizza. I had to get aggressive with him for him to leave me be.

Portland has TONS of homeless, but they seem a bit different. As others have stated, it's like an alternative lifestyle with groups of young people hanging out in a park, doing drugs, etc. Many of them have dogs and they can also get aggressive.
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Old 09-21-2011, 01:53 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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Some years back, the city of Burlington, VT (which you wouldn't ordinarily associate with a homeless problem, but guess what?) decided on a unique approach. The city offered homeless people a free airline ticket to anywhere in the United States, and it seems that practically all of them took advantage of the offer.

This tactic was later ruled illegal. I imagine cities in warmer climates were afraid of what might happen if other cities--like New York, Chicago, and Detroit, for example--decided to adopt it.
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