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
Would you like to comment on this article or view other readers' comments? Register (it’s quick and free) or sign in now.
Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.