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Reopen the institutions so that those who have legitimate mental issues can get the help they need.  Many here were unceremoniously dumped on the streets when the government closed the hospitals.

Also allow family members to have people committed and just have a panel that determines if its appropriate.  You can't commit someone here unless they want to.  My aunt drank herself to death because of this.

David Johansen:
I heard a radio story about how poor houses used to work and how the institution broke down in Victorian England as the changes in agriculture and industry led to an influx of poor people into the cities.  I've thought for a while now that some people neither need or want a full apartment and that an arrangement where one gets a room with one bathroom for every four rooms or possibly a public washroom on each floor, both to make it easier to keep clean and to provide a chance of someone walking in if you're dying on the floor.  A cafeteria instead of personal kitchens.  The people living in the building could be paid to work in the cafeteria or doing the cleaning so they could make a little money and make themselves useful.  The objective would be to build communities where people could support each other.

How you do that without subjecting the neighborhood to crime and drug dealers or avoid creating slums is beyond me.  The difference, between what I'm suggesting and a prison is that you can leave or come back any time you want.

Here in Alberta, the government set up a program where sufficiently handicapped people are just given $1680 / month and largely left to themselves.  Why anyone thought it was a good idea to give drug addicts $1680 at the start of the month I'll leave open to speculation.  I know people who don't have a dollar left three days later and I know people who are able to buy homes and travel internationally on the same amount of money.  It's a stupid program.  My oldest son is on it and I still think it's a stupid program.

Arthur Frayn:
I certainly don't have an answer, but I've always found it particularly tragic that something like 10-12% of this nation's homeless are military veterans.  Something about that just feels wrong to me.  It seems like with the ungodly amount we spend on the military every year at least some of that could go to making a special safety net for anyone who was willing to put their lives on the line.


--- Quote from: Ratman_tf on January 14, 2021, 10:12:50 PM ---The problem with homelessness isn't the affordability of housing, despite the propoganda to the otherwise, the problem is the homeless are incapable of holding down a job and home due to their issues with drugs and or mental health.
--- End quote ---

Well there's homelessness and there's homelessness. A lot of homeless people have jobs, live out of cars, etc. They're just not visible at all unlike drug (or often alcohol) addicted street people. Lower housing prices would certainly help that class of people. The easiest way to help those people would be to take a battleaxe to restrictive zoning regulations on housing. When you restrict supply shortages are the inevitable result.

David Johansen:
Affordable housing is always an issue.  I'm not sure what the answer is, probably not more 2500 square foot monster house suburbs.  I think we need to find a way to make the 800 square foot detached home with a basement and a yard the standard again.  I'm not sure what the economics are.  I know that density has its advantages but piling people in tighter and tighter seems to guarantee social problems.


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