The more I look into it, and the more I think about it, the more disgusted I become with the word “housing” when it comes to homelessness. Seriously, enough already.
If people are not actually talking about houses when they discuss “housing the homeless” you know, the real single family dwelling with bedrooms and a living room and a kitchen and a garage and a yard and a driveway, etc., then they really should come up with another term besides “housing”.
Trying to pretty up the situation by prettying up the language just makes you a liar. It’s time for everyone to know that when “housing” is mentioned in regard to homeless people, what they are really talking about is the warehousing of people – you know, shelters – the place where homeless people are stored away, out of sight and hopefully out of mind.
Still, homeless people are more people than homeless, and they deserve more respect than society current affords them.
If society is going to treat people who happen to homeless as if they are things to be stored away, then society should just admit as much. Lets deal with the reality of the situation. It’s the only way to really fix things.