There isn’t a “homeless” problem.
While some people do end up living out of their cars after losing their homes or losing their jobs, people don’t spend a decade living on the street in cities that are unaffordable anyway because there’s no other way. The vast majority of the ‘homeless’ are vagrants with drug, alcohol, and mental problems.
Just ask them. They’ll tell you.
While pro-homeless activists falsely claimed that only 29% of LA’s homeless had drug and alcohol problems or mental illness, the Los Angeles Times, after reviewing the same questionnaires used as the basis for the data, found that actually 67% had a mental illness or drug and alcohol problems.
Not shocking. Everyone knew this until the 1980s when official dogma insisted that this was a housing issue.
Blue cities keep trying to stop “homelessness” with the very measures that perpetuate it. Providing free housing perpetuates it. Free stuff perpetuates it. So does moving the homeless to the front of the line for social services, never mind legalizing shoplifting.
And allowing tent cities to just pop up in Santa Monica or Manhattan.
The more money you invest in something, the more of it you’ll get. We don’t have the ability to forcibly institutionalize people with psychiatric or drug and alcohol problems. And to the extent that we do, even people who pose a clear threat aren’t picked up. But we can at least remove the social welfare infrastructure that cultivates the behavior. There’s a reason that the places with the worst homelessness are the ones who spend the most on homeless services.