A Brief Look at the Relationship Between Economic Systems and Homelessness Levels

It seems as if the economic systems adopted by various countries have relationships with homelessness levels. This is to say that the levels of homelessness tend to be higher in countries where certain systems are adopted, and lower in countries where certain other economic systems are adopted.

In places where capitalism is applied in its pure form, we tend to see a lot of homelessness. But then, this is not necessarily to say that capitalism is a bad thing, though even its strongest proponents tend to agree that it can be heartless. The tricky thing about capitalism is that wherever it is implemented, the people who are bound to prosper tend to prosper very much, whilst the people who are meant to do badly do very badly indeed: leading to things like homelessness. In a capitalistic society, the employers may give their employees certain forms of house allowance to keep them from becoming homeless. But this then means that the employees in question end up becoming homelessness as soon as they lose their jobs, and with them, their house allowances.

In places where there is socialism, we tend to see lower levels of homelessness or, indeed, no homelessness. This is not to say that socialism is necessarily a better system: it is just more effective at dealing with this particular problem.

Long Term Strategies You Can Use to Prevent Homelessness in the Future

Preventing homelessness is best seen as a long term project. As such, there are some long term strategies that you can use to prevent homelessness in the future.

The first long term strategy you can use to prevent homelessness in the future is that of setting aside land for development of low cost housing projects in the future. Thing is, there will always be people who can’t afford to buy houses at market rates: hence the need for this. So, just as Google is always developing more Gmail capacity by always investing in more Gmail.com bandwidth so should you always be developing low-cost housing capacity.

The second long term strategy you can use to prevent homelessness in the future is that of putting in place mechanisms to address mental health problems in childhood. This is because , as we have seen in previous posts, homelessness often has much to do with mental health issues.

The third long term strategy you can use to prevent homelessness in the future is that of putting in place mechanisms to ensure that the basic economic wellbeing of all people is guaranteed. The few who can’t be accommodated within this framework should be accommodated through safety nets. This is in dealing with the aspect of homelessness which is really just a manifestation of poverty.

Three Keys to Success in Tackling the Homelessness Problem

The homelessness problem is not easy to tackle. In order to be in a position to tackle it, we need to start by understanding why people become homeless. That is where we will learn that people sometimes become homeless because there aren’t enough low cost housing units for them. We also have scenarios where, in spite of there being adequate low cost housing units, folks become homeless because they can’t afford the houses. There are also scenarios where there are adequate low cost housing units, and some people are able to afford them, but then they have mental health problems that drive them to the streets where they become homeless.

Against that background, in tackling the element of homelessness that is caused by lack of adequate low cost housing units, it becomes necessary to invest heavily in low cost housing. This can be via direct investment by the government or through public private partnerships.

In tackling the element of homelessness that is attributable to inability to afford low cost housing, it becomes necessary to empower people economically.

In tackling the element of homelessness that is attributable to mental health problems, it becomes necessary to invest in mental healthcare and other forms of support for people who are afflicted with mental problems.