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Summary: Homeless Solutions

Solutions to end homelessness require looking at underlying causes. If a cause is loss of income or a job.  We need to look at the reason why a job was lost.  If the job was lost because of  anti-social behavior, we need to recommend actions to improve social behavior.

Likewise if there is not enough housing units, we cannot say the solution is to build more housing units.  We need to address why there is a shortage of housing units. Sometimes neighborhoods lobby elected officials, to not build housing in their neighborhood, so the solution involves what would motivate elected officials to respond to the greater good and policies and actions to bring the "not in my neighborhood" constituents to accept additional housing.  Also housing unit developers and investors, sometimes are not interested in building low income housing units, therefore government policies need to address incentives for developers. 

We will suggest from world experiences how addressing underlying causes have been successfully addressed in detail.

Homelessness causes can be segregated into parts, all of which need to be addressed.

1. Inadequate housing units.
2. Loss of Income
3. Abusive home conditions.
4. Excessive rent
5. Mental Disorders  (See  Mental Disorders)
6. Addictions: drug, gambling, substance abuse and others
7. Displacement by gentrification.
8. Natural disasters
9. Political upheaval
10. Lack of a government or private corporation's safety social net.
11, Other

Some actions reduced homelessness, such as "Housing First" programs that understand you cannot correct underlying causes, such as loss of a job, or an addiction, unless you have decent housing conditions. These experiences are presented, keeping in mind, there must be adequate housing units and other actions are needed.

An example:
Suggested steps in ending homeless for persons with mental disorders: Your input in more detail is encouraged to make these suggestions effective.

1. Determine successful approaches to the person, which would result in the person accepting housing first.
2. Diagnose the mental disorder and prescribe treatment
3. Keep the person active daily and nightly, especially if unemployed
4. Do an assessment of the persons aptitudes, interests, and abilities
5. Match these with potential careers, occupations, or entrepreneurships.
6. Encourage a spiritual outlook or meaning to life.
7. Educate healthy life styles including nutrition, socialization,  etc.

 More research will be done contacting homeless organizations on this list. Please let us know of solutions that have worked, by emailing