The plight of the homeless has so many varied reasons and situations for the individuals and families in such a dire situation. There are also negative community impacts in the areas or locations where congregation of the homeless takes place. One suggestion. My father during the Great Depression was in dire straights but joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and was located in a camp in California with food, medical support, shelter and work in public lands building bridges, trails ,structures etc. needed in our national forests, wildlife areas etc. He was paid a very nominal amount but had healthy work doing things that were needed. He was always VERY appreciative in his later years of this opportunity where he was able to stabilize and secure a job. Why not turn to this approach where homeless voluntarily sign up or possibly are "sentenced" to go if they engage in illegal activity where they are sent to a camp modeled after this approach. They would be taken from areas in cities and such where their presence causes issues with little or no prospects and then have the opportunity to contribute and have an adequate living situation. Yep this would take government dollars but these camps would just have to be far less expensive to run than shelter and housing construction and development in urban areas and their location in rural public lands doing healthy physical work might certainly attract volunteers to assist in running and staffing the camps. AND there is now a huge backlog of work needed in our National Parks, monuments, forests, etc. where government funding has not been sufficient to keep up with infrastructure and other needs. Could be a win win approach building on something that worked well many years back and thus might be better positioned to be sold to politicians. Look up CCC camps. There is quite a story about them and their success during the Great Depression.