- Jun 12, 2004
I live in Downtown Phoenix, AZ. The area near my place has had a major homeless problem for years. Many groups an individuals have TRIED to help them over the years. Mental health rehab, and job services have been offered to get these people out of their situations, shelters were set up, people drop off food and water, and the local churches do what they can. The truth is, a lot of these people don't want to be helped! They don't want to do anything at all. So they just lay around pissing and shitting on everything, leaving piles of trash all over the place and generally just wasting their lives away. My point is, you cant help them if they don't want to be helped.
Can't stress this enough. I'm no homeless psychology expert, but I can tell you from volunteer work that the vast majority of these folks (at least in the LA area) are happy to take hand-outs to get them to the next meal, next day, or next <insert drug> fix. But they're not interested in accepting long-term assistance in the form of permanent housing and employment. The hand-outs let them live their care-free addict life to the point that many aren't even grateful for the aid they get, they actually behave like they're entitled to it!
So I agree, that many - not all - are not actually interested in long-term quality of life aid / resources (e.g. a permanent housing with working plumbing and electricity, employment, etc.), but they'll still suck the city/state dry given the opportunity.