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Old 01-21-2014, 08:15 AM
Location: City of Atlanta
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Originally Posted by waronxmas View Post
I'm not against a better housing solution for our homeless population, but it must go further than that. The problems of drug/alcohol abuse, mental/physical health problems, physical abuse from where they came, and whole host of problems cannot be fixed by a house alone.

Or, we can just follow NYC's lead and give our homeless a one way ticket elsewhere (not serious with this suggestion):

New York gives homeless people a one-way ticket to leave city | World news | theguardian.com
Tried to rep you waron, but apparently I have to spread it around more. Mental health is the biggest issue facing homelessness in any city. Do you think people would choose to live on the streets, in the cold? I'm sure the majority would not. However, in the article, it does say that Utah assigns each homeless person who has been given a house a Social Worker who helps them to find stability. I think it sounds like a great program, and something that should be explored further here.

I'm sure there will be tons of people screaming "handout!!!!", but ask those same people - would you rather homeless people on the street in front of your house, or in a house of their own, learning how to live in your ideal society? And for the fiscal conservatives, if we do the math, does it actually end up CHEAPER to give our homeless vacant houses (not just in Atlanta, but around the whole metro), if they learn to live and work and can keep that house from falling into ruins? Those are important questions that need to be answered before people jump on the "handouts" bandwagon.
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