I am in the same city where I grew up (So Cal), and over the past several years or so, the homeless population has increased greatly. Here are a few examples:
*The city parks now have encampments, tents, shopping carts, garbage, syringes, etc., and far fewer kids at play.
*Homeless folks have blocked sidewalks in front of businesses
*A homeless guy started a fire this morning in a shopping cart, just behind the street where I live, in a more remote area of a parking lot.
*The police chief has reported the increasing costs of calls to the cops and the fire dept. due to incidents with homeless
*Residents have gone to the police with complaints and are told that the courts, churches, and ACLU are on the side of the homeless.
*Residents have gone to city council meetings about this and have heard some lip service from a couple of council members but have seen little to no action.
As for me, I get that many homeless people are harmless, that everyone needs a place to sleep, there are homeless families, etc. I do sympathize.
But here is the other side of it: Public drug use and drinking, starting fires, blocking businesses, and so on are not acceptable.
Would a halfway house of some kind be a good idea, or would it bring on more problems? Are there other solutions?
Have you had problems like this where you live? Any answers?