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There are also misconceptions about homeless people — that the vast majority are hopelessly mentally ill or drug-addicted.
Later in the same article:
Supportive housing in particular — which offers not just a place to live but also access to job counseling and mental health and substance abuse treatment, among other things — is the best long-term solution for the chronically homeless
So … it’s a “misconception” that the homeless are primarily mentally ill or have substance abuse problems. But the solution to homelessness has to include mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Maybe one of the reasons certain social problems seem so intractable is an inability to admit that the politically correct characterization of these problems is at odds with their true nature.
I also dispute the article’s contention that Los Angeles’s homeless problem is a “national problem.” It is not. It is a local disgrace and a product of political choices made by the city of Los Angeles and the state of California.