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Hannah Bell Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-04-08 03:36 AM
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27. The fact is, there are four things in US history that have
kept people from living in the streets.

1. Free land to the west. It's gone now.
2. Workhouses, poor farms, & county relief, mostly post-civil war to the 40's.
3. Housing subsidies, 50s-through 80s.
4. Homeless shelters, 80s to present - the modern version of the poor farm - but usually with only a 30-90 day tenure.

Without these fail-safes, no amount of bootstrap pulling & networking will reduce homelessness unless there's systemic change.

Because the simple fact is, our economic system, & every system like it, is designed to produce unemployment & poverty in proportion to the wealth it creates at the top. The more great wealth, the more great poverty. The more the top owns, the less the bottom do.

Of the conventional alternatives, I much prefer housing subsidy.
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