Rather, these programs are not simply a humanitarian response to deprived populations.
They are also economic endeavors, as Willse suggests, that are part of a system of homeless management.
Homeless services don’t end homelessness; they manage it.
While the industry is dominated by nonprofits, there is money to be made, and we have accepted the reality that homeless services are professionalized, and offer career opportunities and—sadly—a certain security.
I also found that housing insecurity remains even once a person makes it from the streets to supportive housing.
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Of course, the committed work of staff in providing services and intervention can sometimes help them keep their housing, even in tenuous situations.
He learned to cook and hustled for the family, but, bitter with what he saw as few options, he got into gang life, and started robbing and dealing.
He was in and out of prison for nearly three decades.
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Homelessness is often described as a problem we must solve—and Los Angeles city and county now have expensive plans to do so. And as George Mason professor Craig Willse shows in his book, The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States, that industry is designed to manage costs rather than challenge the mechanisms that create and maintain homelessness.