You would think that in so called civilised western wealthy democracies that homelessness would be dealt with a degree of efficiency.
Not so, it is obvious that it is on the rise quite dramatically in Canada, Great Britain and the USA. It may well be happening elsewhere in Europe too, I do not know. Stories reported recently here. Four have died in Portland of hypothermia since the beginning of the year. They have 8 immigrants in hospital in Toronto. Stupid Africans who tried to walk across the border north from Minnesota at this time of year (-40 below) who have now lost hands, feet and digits from frostbite. Heavens knows how many have died in BC.
It is to be noted that many of the homeless, apart from migrants, are not all addicts but merely cannot afford the current sky high rents and have been evicted from owing arrears. They are sometimes still in full time work and living in their cars! Surely it is not beyond the wit of mankind and the local governments to provide some kind of low cost basic social housing that can be rented out on a not for profit basis to these people? There seems to be an extraordinary reluctance to do this everywhere.
I blame the chumocracy movement. Social housing has been sold, redeveloped or sloughed off to housing associations where all and sundry have had a snout in the trough along the way. Or left to private landlords to make up the slack. Very little social housing is owned by the state any longer. People are given notice to quit on an instance with no real recourse. It appears that if you are part of the indigenous population you can be made homeless at will.
Personally I think local government should be made to build low cost housing at their own expense by mandate for their own populations without expecting a profit as part of their duty to their citizenry. Also to administer such themselves without benefiting others. Immigrants should be offered a free one way trip back to their point of origin with no responsibility to house them. I have a great objection to people dying on the streets, we do not live in India! It is not a problem that is going to go away anytime soon with the laissez faire attitudes of the powers that be.
(One has to note that there are more deaths than usual in the USA and Canada as this winter has been particularly harsh in both temperature and precipitation.)