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Homeless people, like everybody else, usually have many problems. You can fix their problem of not having a home by giving them a home. Once somebody has an address and a little more stability, your chances of dealing with other issues goes up.

Yeah the issue is that housing them together puts the woman down on her luck next to the guy with a violent drug addiction and then you have to kick him out when he starts attacking people.

So don't house them together.

Oh? Which demographic is deserving of living with violence?

None, of course.

You aren't suggesting that providing housing to the homeless will lead to more violence than when the homeless live on the streets, are you?

No, I'm suggesting that we bear less responsibility for violence experienced by homeless on the streets than the responsibility we would had if we provided housing and forced the homeless to live in them. In the same way the government is not responsible for discord in my relationship with my friends, but would be responsible for discord between me and the police.

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