The homelessness crisis along the west coast has gone from bad to worse. A combination of high housing costs, lack of mental health care, drug addiction, and bad luck has hundreds of thousands of people on the streets.
These poor souls do their best to get by, but more often than not their struggle becomes ours. Their fight for survival will inevitably meet our daily routines. This is not a one state issue, this is a federal issue that needs to be addressed by congress in a way that is meaningful and has lasting impact.
To combat homelessness federally congress needs to:
Reintroduce the federal work corps, a federally funded and regulated work program to give livable incomes, housing, and healthcare to those in need.
Utilize the national guard to give structure and security to homeless tent communities that outpace local emergency resources.
Provide Universal prescription and Mental Health Care coverage to all citizens regardless of need to reduce cyclic homelessness due to mental health issues.
Paid Secondary education to introduce unskilled workers to the workforce and provide them a means of supporting themselves.