(Extra points for you if you saw this title and thought, “There is no easy way to end homelessness”)
Many times I have been asked for quick and easy tips on how to help the homeless. But the truth is, there is no McDonalds fast food type of answer to the issues of homelessness. Giving money to panhandlers is not going to lift them off the streets. And though they are in need of food clothing and shelter, providing those things alone do nothing to end their misery of being homeless. You better believe it, homelessness is misery. Of course their are those people who say they enjoy being homeless but they are being less than honest about that. Even when being homeless is less of a problem for certain people than living otherwise, that does not make homelessness a good thing by default. For those people who cannot conform to societies standards is for society to create alternate forms of living that homeless people can abide by and affords them a place off the streets. There are organizations that have developed such alternate forms of living, and where they are being tried, they are successful. Still these are new ideas, and most cities and towns have yet to implement them, mostly because they unaware of the benefits they offer everyone, the homeless and the cities they live in. Look up the National Alliance to End Homelessness and the Interagency Council on Homelessness for more information.