I am not offering a “silver bullet” toward “ending homelessness”. I am instead making suggestions toward a long-term solution about homelessness. Many of these directions cannot be completed in a year or two, but neither can solving homelessness.
The big answer to solving the homeless problem is giving the homeless enough space to create their own solutions. The homeless, for the most part, are good citizens, wanting to live in peace and harmony with their neighbors. However, their hands are tied to determining solutions for themselves. They are prevented by excessive chronic stress, harmful public policy that criminalizes normal behavior, and the inability for their leaders to sit at the table and offer their solutions. The homeless can do much to improve their own situations, if they would be given the opportunity to.
The main obstacle to a successful policy solution to homelessness is public and local government perception of the homeless and solutions to the homeless. As long as the public is fearful of the homeless and as long as leaders continue to criminalize homelessness, then the homeless cannot find solutions for themselves. But this will not change as long as the public do not understand the causes of or solutions to homelessness.
Local television public service announcements and social media campaigns would also be effective.