State must help provide homes for the homeless
Something should be done to make homeless people self-sufficient members of society, rather than bickering over laws that treat them as dirt to be swept under the rug.
The government can prevent more people becoming homeless by:
Introducing tax breaks for landlords to make rental affordable for all;
Ensure there is early access to drug and alcohol rehab services and tackle existing waiting lists. There must also be enough quality, emergency accommodation with support; and
Provide free mental health treatment.
As a society, we have a duty to ensure people have a home - one where they have the support they need to deal with problems they may be struggling with.
Shaista Mia, Morningside, Durban