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2 hours ago, JosephM said:

What can we do about it that we are not already doing? Approximately 2 people in 1000 (1.7) are homeless in the US. What does it take to solve the problem? Is there even a solution?

No solution.  We are on the cusp of an unfathomable worldwide depression and homelessness will increase exponentially in the next year.

The only ‘solution’ to homelessness is to manage to not become homeless yourself.

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1 hour ago, Burl said:

No solution.  We are on the cusp of an unfathomable worldwide depression and homelessness will increase exponentially in the next year.

The only ‘solution’ to homelessness is to manage to not become homeless yourself.

Well that's more than a bit depressing.........

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Can we eliminate it? No!

Can we reduce it? Yes. 

The long term answer is to understand the myriad of causes which we might distil into a few proximate causes and tackle those. 

We can tackle the perception that the homeless are in some fundamental way the "makers of their own bed" and come to the realization that that it is in our own best interest to tackle the problem … it is not an SEP. Also those of us who have the most have the most to loose.

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13 hours ago, JosephM said:

What can we do about it that we are not already doing? Approximately 2 people in 1000 (1.7) are homeless in the US. What does it take to solve the problem? Is there even a solution?

In Australia, homelessness can be caused by poverty, unemployment or by a shortage of affordable housing, or it can be triggered by family breakdown, mental illness, sexual assault, addiction, financial difficulty, gambling or social isolation. Domestic violence is the single biggest cause of homelessness in Australia.

Solve those issues and you've got homelessness licked!

If all of us here got involved and contributed some time or funding toward homlessness, then we'd make a small dent.  If that caught on with our Christian brothers and sisters and the community in general, we may actually have a fuller impact on the issue.  However, I expect that for most, this isn't a big enough issue for them to get involved with.  Some may even think this is a problem that can't be solved and so they won't do anything at all.  It's harsh, but true.

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