Empty houses for homeless people

Empty Homes Outnumber The Homeless 6 To 1, So Why Not Give Them Homes?

600,000 people experience homelessness on any given night in the United States as of January 2014. About 15 percent of those people are the “chronically homeless,” while the rest may lose their homes temporarily but find some form of recovery that keeps them off the streets on a long-term basis.

What was the first thought that came to your mind when you read the title of the article?

Why do you think homeless people became homeless?  Could there be other reasons?

Would you support this policy?

 

If we give houses to people who can’t afford it, should we do the same for cars?  Food?  What about education and health care?

What are basic human rights?  How does defining these rights affect our lives?

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 25.
(1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.

Does this mean I could get these services even if I do not work for them?  Should we protect people who are not in control of their circumstances?

How do we distinguish people who are in control and people who are not?  Does the distinction exist?  What else dictates your life besides genetics, environment (upbringing), and luck?

Do you support the government in building affordable housing?

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Think about the selling and buying of land, food, water, air, light, medicine, knowledge, and even life.  Which ones do we put prices on?  Why should we have a price for these and not for the others?

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