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  1. Being drunk, addicted, or mentally ill are enormous ‘pushes’ toward poverty. And those with those problems may not be reporting them or perceiving them.

    I’m surviving on $10,912 per year. Eating, staying clothed and sleeping indoors are the limits of my ambitions in the near term. Even cigarette smoking would push me under at this point.

    What poor people need is MONEY. And if they have any, it goes directly into the economy for basic needs. Addicts and drunks need to sleep indoors and receive basic services, just like the ‘deserving’ poor. So yes, the bottom line is poverty. Booze, drugs, and under-treated mental illness DO push people onto the street, by making them poor, or often, just poorer. Exactly the way that medical costs and out-of-control housing costs do.

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