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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-03-08 11:50 PM
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6. I'm get confused about the definition of "homeless"
Edited on Thu Apr-03-08 11:55 PM by Rosemary2205
I got my ass busted open by a DUer because I thought his having to sell his house and move in with family was not "homeless". I didn't mean to be callous, I've been in that place where I had to double up with my sister's family and I was both incredibly grateful and overwhelmingly discouraged at the same time. Hard times are HARD. An extended stay in a friend's basement, or moving into your cousin's "guest room" can be scary and frustrating - but one DOES have a roof and a generally safe place to sleep. I struggle with comparing that to living on the street.

That said, IMHO the race to the bottom on wages to produce quick profits rather than long term growth has likely done infinately more to put people on the streets than government spending cuts. Mainly because when an individual or family is at risk, and the rest of their family is on the edge too, the stress can make living out of the car seem more attractive than living with cousin Jake and that nutty wife of his.
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