Morgana, Thanks for the link. It's nice to know some places are actually making a dent in this problem. Even on this forum, I have seen many people blame homelessness pretty much solely on addictions. As the article says, it "does complicate homelessness, but the principal driver of high rates of homelessness is simply not enough (affordable) housing." If anyone should understand that dynamic, it is the nomad community.That rings very true.
It blows my mind how many higher-ed students (who are ~adults and presumably making their own decision to be there) are homeless and/or skipping meals. I always thought I was fairly self-directed and a hard worker, but I don't think I could have done what they are doing. Total respect.