Yes, I live in the UK, and an idea is being tried here, and across some other European countries. You know those Metal Cargo containers that you see onboard some ships? well, as a short term remedy, they are "bolting " together a few of them, and making them livable, they paint them, install wooden floors, kitchen, bedroom, toilet, etc. the cost aspect is surprisingly small, and it provides a secure, warm, safe, and cheap to run home.
In the US people actually buy those and make real houses out of them. Can work really well.
revolutions can be peaceful...lol
I think the republicans want to grind them up and use them to make hot dogs as it would be very profitable. NO?
The US closed a lot of mental institutions and then went on a prison building spree and, guess what, as the mental institutions emptied the prisons filled up. We've reinvented the medieval dungeon and now house mental patients in inhumane conditions at a cost of 32-40k a year. For many of them living on the streets is preferable.<br />
My suggestion is to first and foremost start empty the prisons of all the harmless potheads and mental patients and pump some of the savings back into mental institutions. We've created the largest prison population in the history of humanity that houses an enormous percentage of nonviolent offenders and mentally ill and the sooner we stop throwing money down that black hole and creating more problems for ourselves the better. <br />
No doubt there are plenty of other things we can do, but that would be a big start and saving money and creating jobs is something people can get behind right now. The sticking point is that it involves the legal system which is slow to change, but if more states would legalize marijuana it would could bypass a lot of the judicial nonsense.
We need to find a system that supports them not only financially but socially, mentally, and educates them so they can know what is available and what they are capable of. they just need to know they DO matter and that they ARE still part of society and not trash (how most people treat them). ANYONE can become homeless, not just poor people or drug addicts.<br />
ive been homeless before when i was with my real Mom when she was on drugs and its very hard. its a very complex problem because when most people get to that point they are very depressed, sometimes broken inside, and reluctant to reach out for any further assistance or ashamed to ask for help or admit they have problems. there's a mental side to it too...it causes depression which is real and makes you suicidal and you just dont care anymore. so its not just a problem easily solved by giving people part time jobs and a coat....that stuff really helps, but its much more complex to get out of than that.
wow i hope you make a difference and i hope your ideas get used here in the US. you have to grow up fast in situation like that. im still having probs with depression and stuff like that. i think its a long term thing when it happens to you. i hope you can change the world and i wish you best luck!
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