Homelessness as a lifestyle choice

Interesting conversation with a Housing Department Officer yesterday. I  asked two questions:

  • Is the department aware that many homeless people cannot complete their application forms? (The forms are intimidating , many people who live homeless are not fully literate and they often don’t have documentation).  Answer  – yes
  • Is the department doing anything about that?                                                               Answer – It’s more complicated than that. My interpretation, ‘no’.

This exchange was followed by further conversation, the upshot of which was  that the officer said that the people living homeless in this area needed to make a choice between ‘lifestyle’ and relocation. So, now apparently, like living in an unserviced remote aboriginal community on your traditional homelands, living in your own town homeless and in grinding poverty, is a ‘lifestyle choice’.




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