In order for us to understand what public policy might actually help improve cities with a large homeless population, then we need to understand what assumptions public policy makers might have about the homeless which work against public interest.
Especially in a county that has 4000+ homeless, it is easy to assume that the cities and county have limited resources to help all of these folks. That choices have to be made between who the policies can help and who they can’t. However, part of the problem is that public solutions are often so expensive that they can’t be given to everyone. But solutions that may seem “half way” are actually better solutions, much cheaper and more broadly accessible to more homeless.