In my LIMITED experence with 'Homeless' people, I find that a great percentage of them are military vets,
And they are so screwed up (PTSD, Paranoid, ect.) they can't hold down 'Regular' jobs,
And they 'Self Medicate'.... Drugs, booze, ect.
I will NEVER pass on the chance to find out if a guy is a Vet or not, and if he is, I'll damn sure buy him a meal!
(I won't invest in his addictions, but I darn sure will feed him!)
A few years back, we found a guy living on the river bank.
He had dug out part of the bank, and built a 'Dug Out' using old truck tires as wall building material.
He was a PTSD vet, so we let him stay, and provided him with work cleaning up that particular part of the river bottoms...
We let him wash his cloths in the washer we used for shop rags, coveralls, ect. in the big garage, and we hired him to be a 'Handy Man/Watchman' for the farm equipment.
Eventually, we ran across an old travel trailer and moved that in behind the garage/machine shed at the river...
(Which he paid for out of his wages for working)
Once he got help at the VA, (which we provided the transportation to/from) and he dried out, he was very good help!
Eventually, he got is license back, met a fat woman at church and got married, and the last I heard, he was working for Caterpillar on transmissions in the field.
I'm sure the cities are full of welfare fraud, insurance fraud and types like that, but I can't attest to them.
Around here, more than 2/3 of the 'homeless' are military vets, and they can and will work, but they just can't work for 'Factory' types...
My cousin just got chewed out because he gave summer work to 'Bums' instead of the local teenagers home from collage on summer break...
The 'bums' were disabled (mostly PTSD or brain injury) from the Iraq war, and farm living/working seems to agree with them, since there isn't anyone breathing down their necks, and if they get the shakes, they are perfectly welcome to take the time they need to get things back together...
Good, hard workers that get the job done is what we think about them!
I don't 'Play Well' with others, part of that is PTSD from my military service, but I'm lucky, I've always been able to work someplace I'm not up to my butt in over sensitive office people!
Remember, you are just one brain injury away from being them!