Sure, the new approach to addressing homelessness is to show cost-savings to society. If we get you off the street, we save money by no longer paying for your emergency room bills and law enforcement encounters. But that doesn’t really address the quiet, underlying attitude of bigotry. We can still dislike you while helping you get off the streets. The truth is, we just don’t want to see you anymore.
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Numerous times, I have been reminded that naming people “homeless” or “the homeless” is insensitive, almost name calling. I used to think this was just another overly-sensitive, politically correct response from activists who spend their days looking for reasons to complain. But when I am on the streets talking to a person who is homeless I don’t start the conversation with, “Hey, you homeless person.” I usually start with, “Hi, my name is Joel. What’s yours?” Because using a person’s name is the respectful thing to do.