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is providing shelter to the homeless the ultimate service?

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Started: 9/5/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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teerna

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poverty and population boom results in homelessness and thus brings about an under -developed country. providin shelter to the homeless is thus the ultimate service.
Equalizer

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Your first argument that poverty and population boom result in homelessness and thus bring about an under-developed country, is invalid.

Here is why:

1. Poverty does not always result in homelessness. There are plenty of people who are poor and not homeless. According to the US Census bureau, in 2012 there were circa 45 million people in the US that were considered "poor." That same year, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development estimated that there were 633,000 homeless people across America. In other words, only 1.4% of poor people are homeless. Your argument is invalid.

2. Population boom does not always result in homelessness. For example, after World War 2, America, like many other countries, experienced a population boom (often referred to as baby-boom). During that period, America and other countries experienced a period of very quick and high economic growth. Many jobs were created during WW2, incomes increased and many people were living the Amercan Dream. My point is, your argument is invalid.

3. Since the first 2 components of your argument are invalid, your entire argument is invalid. Therefore, I will not even address your point about under-developed countries which is the last component of your argument.

I have no idea how you would define "the ultimate service" and i do not know how your argument has anything to do whatsoever with providing shelter to the homeless and that being the ultimate service.

Anyway, providing shelter to the homeless will do the following:

1. Providing shelter to the homeless may encourage the homeless to stop actively trying to get themselves out of poverty and do something with their lives. It may incentivize them to simply keep being lazy. A homeless person in a safe shelter will be less incentivized to get out of their miserable situation than a homeless person living under a bridge in fear of getting killed by other homeless people or disease etc.

2. Providing shelter to the homeless may be a waste of time and resources. What does the provider of the shelters get in return for providing shelter? Nothing. A much better "service" would be something that encourages and helps homeless people to get their lives straight to the point where they can sustain themselves and provide a shelter for themselves. Why give a man one free fish if instead you can teach him to fish so that he can feed himself for the rest of his life?

I could go on but let me just say this: Your argument is invalid.
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Posted by Equalizer 2 years ago
Equalizer
Don't worry people, I got this!
Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
cheyennebodie
How about government getting out of the way so companies could give more jobs. There is no such thing as homelessness. There is worklessness.That is why most shelters make those who use them work at the place. Any menial job would pay enough to get a cheap apartment. And if it doesn't, move where it would.And anyone can get a cheap no-contract phone. That used to be a hindrance for employment. Now, even without a place of residence you could leave a call back number. Excuses will never help these people. but a plan will.
Posted by Terridax 2 years ago
Terridax
What do you mean by "the ultimate service"? That there's nothing you could do that would be more beneficial than providing shelters?
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