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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-17-10 03:59 PM
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155. it depends on the homeless person in question
many homeless in my area are crack users, there is no question that a shelter (where they are not allowed to use that night) is far more healthy than a private home (where they can indulge unseen)

i once lived near a slumlord's rental house where the crackhead cooking her crap set the house on fire, and killed her 7 yr old son -- in that case was the crackhead (or her son anyway) truly better served by cheap rental housing than she would have been in a shelter?

nothing in this life is cut and dried

SOME homeless, who are homeless by reason of the economy, would be better served in a private home BUT these are the people least likely to be long term homeless anyway

we can't simply pull names out of a hat and assign them to an empty house and say "go" and pretend that's healthy
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