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Why does there have to be beggers, or homelessness in a prosperous first world country of Australia. These are socially excluded minorities with mental health issues. Granted that may have been due to excessive drug use and perhaps a tough life, but they are in need of help. Not money. They are in need of forgiveness, care and love, the fringes of this capitalist rat race, those who gave up.

My wife and I often think and feel for the homeless.
They are, by large, people with mental health problems and a group abandoned by the government and society.
What gets to me is fellows like the one on Park St. Seeing him go from cab to cab, not getting anything out of our fellow drivers, I always have fifty cents for him.
And you know what he says to you for this small gesture ? God bless you and have a good day.
What all these other selfish drongos don't realise is that this man sleeps out in the cold,but more importantly, every time you give him some money a massive fare will jump into the cab.
Anyway, enough sharing of secrets for today.
But use your instincts in donating spare change to the real homeless. A cunning junkie looks very different to a person that sleeps out in the streets and is haunted by his mind and memories.

there are so many homeless people ,not only in Australia ,but also other coutries .this is a social problem and they need help. but there also some imposters to act as a begger to obtain the mercy of virtuous people .maybe we should take a serious look on this phenomenon .we all want to have a clean and hamonious life. Toronto criminal lawyer

People begging for profit should be at the least fined, at the most be forced to work in Federal Parliament. I work in the community housing sector, although I don't work directly with rough sleepers, I hear from others who have contact with them. They aren't animals - it could be said that they are kinder than those that are well off, or are just indifferent. They either don't have the mental capability to live within four walls and to a schedule; are burned out professionals (you'd be surprised); drug/alcohol addicts; people who'se relationships failed for whatever reason; or people with mental issues who can't or won't trust or work with social workers.
They build their own social groups and trust between each other, and trying to remove a person from that group can be traumatic. But also, trying to help the whole group, to house them, the change of environment can be too much for them. They freak and just bail.

30 years ago I was a student nurse at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and I did a stint of night duty in Accident & Emergency. One night - it was the middle of winter, and the overnight temp in the city was down to about 1deg C - the ambos brought in a homeless man. He was unconscious, because his core body temperature had got down to 35 deg C; he was severely hypothermic.
We got his clothes off him, wrapped him in at least 5 hospital blankets, and left him on a trolley in one of the cubicles: it's about the only effective 'treatment' for hypothermia. We weren't sure if he would live, but we couldn't do any more for him.
As the sun rose in the morning, he slowly regained consciousness. He asked for a cup of tea and wondered where his clothes were (we'd thrown them out).
We found him a basic set of new clothes, he had another cup of tea, then signed himself out.
For the last 30 years, whenever it's been a cold night, I always, always, think of the homeless doing it rough.
For the last 15 years I've worked as an RN in public mental health: and yes, more often than not, the homeless are our mentally Ill fellow citizens, who have nowhere to go, and are not on any sort of treatment to relieve their mental anguish.
It is wrong, on both counts that we allow this to be so.

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