United States entitlement programs are extremely weak, and there should have been a safety net protecting this woman from being thrown into the cold for failing to pay less than $400 in rent. There should be a system to help people struggling financially and more shelters available when situations like this arise.
This is not true. We cannot say that lack a social safety net in the United States is responsible for this. Hypothermia is only but a medical emergency that occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce heat, causing a dangerously low body temperature. The evicted woman might have had this condition before.
No, the lack of a social safety net in the U.S. is not responsible for the death of an evicted Portland woman. It is very sad that this woman died of hypothermia, but we need to remember that there are shelters that could have helped the woman if she wanted to seek out that route.
The fact that an evicted woman died of hypothermia in Portland is not an indictment on the social safety net in United States. If anything, this woman failed to show responsibility and accountability to find those social safety net programs available to her. To put the blame otherwise is simply intellectually dishonest.