Saturday, May 30, 2015

A surprisingly simple solution to homelessness: provide housing!

Scott Nowlin
When I first saw this picture, I had to wonder how many people have
looked at it and decided the dude doesn't deserve an apartment
if he can't keep it cleaner. 

This is a great and thought-provoking article on a saner and more compassionate approach to homelessness. If you've got some extra time, follow the link in the article to the Malcolm Gladwell piece from New Yorker on "Million-Dollar Murray." It's another eye-opener made doubly relevant in that it also points up the extreme high costs to society of a health care system that doesn't provide preventive and maintenance medical care options for those who can't afford it on their own. If you think those costs go away if they are not born by the government (taxpayers) in some systemic way, you are sorely mistaken.

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