What your saying there, hit's the nail pretty much on the head.
I've been homeless in 8 differant Borough's in my own country, I guess in the states, you'd refer to that as being homeless in 8 differant states.
People have this mental image in there own mind about homeless people that is just plain wrong and when you try to set them straight, there brain short circuits trying to connect the dots, so they often class the homeless as being scroungers or they come up with terms like "Voluntarily" homeless.
Nobody volunteers for it, that's Bull!
Myself, I shouted at the social worker from the local authority whilst still under an assured short-hold lease on a place, an then I got the notice of eviction for violating the terms of my lease, no aggressive or abusive behaviour, didnt matter that I'd nearly frozen to death and was being eaten alive by bugs that I picked up going into one of there housing units an it didnt matter that I had been refused any kind of social aid after the rehousing because they said an I quote "we only give that to people that we've just re-housed!" Que: the puzzled expression!
So then I found myself having to live it out in a Squat and all of the guys I was staying with had all had similar experiances of bureaucracy gone mad!
Stayed living that way for the better part of 4 years, secure a Job, how can you secure a Job when you dont even know, if when you come back at the end of the night if your possessions will even still be there?
The druggied homeless are easy to spot, because the regular homeless avoid them like the plague. At the end of it all I ended up still having to spend time on the street's and that was almost for a full year until someone came along an offered to scrape me back up and rehouse me, which they did through a Housing Association, then the housing association passes you to a letting's agency and the lettings agency, secure's a maximum of over $1000 in social aid grants, then houses you at the top end of the scale for the maximum allowance they can sqweese out of the government.
Didnt matter that the property in question was damp, roof falling in, had no fire-alarm an very shody electricity because house rats had chewed through all the cables. So even if you secure employ, which I did, the rent was so unbelievably high, that I had to move. However at that stage you can forget about youe 1500 deposit, you think the lettings agent who's got rats in his building ever really intended to pay you that back?
But in there ideal little world they think nothing of trying to make you pay !920 per calander month
After a year searching the Job ques and sitting on social, I now find out my newer landlord another agency hadnt even been paying his utility bill's and the first I knew of it was when the lights went off, the gas went off and then the water got turned off an now another lettings agent is trying to extort $499 out of myself, dude, I moved faster than a jack-rabbit and now yeap i'm back to square one.
The idea of banding together sounds good in theory, but most of the time trust me and take it from someone who know's, your better going it alone!
I've been mugged for my phone, had people try to steal the bag, watched junkies steal other homeless peoples sleeping bags oh and got to witness an attempted murder! All good fun eh?
No wonder they turn to the drink!
An to cap it off they say "why wont these people come to us for help?" I could name hundred's of reason's but in the end you only need one.
Oh an it's the governments own fault, they bankrupt the country taking it to war, so the people that end up paying for it all are you and me!