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A Homeless Camp Is Better?

With vast reserves of compassion and resources, how can homelessness be a problem in the US? Mental health care needs to be more available and more compulsory. The well-intentioned, but horribly misguided, shift away from institutionalization has condemned so many to a life of misery on the streets. Compulsory institutionalization proved too difficult to reconcile with our notions of individual liberty and self-determination. There is no compassion in handing people a lifetime supply of rope…

take a look at this simple article on helping the homeless


  1. I made the same observation yesterday while handing three bags of groceries to several people at a very sad, filthy homeless camp on the site of a burned out strip mall. There were three older men and a very young girl. At a glance, they all appeared to have mental health issues. While I felt compassion for all four individuals, I felt absolute terror on behalf of the young girl.


  2. There needs to be a focus on rehabilitation instead of shame. I think most people could be helped if identified early, before their lives take a downward spiral.


    • Thank you for your comment. Rehabilitation, yes, or even prevention. The lack of mental health care and other interventions is a shortsighted policy mistake that creates costs and problems orders of magnitude beyond the effort that would be needed to deal with things before they become problems.


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