Homelessness and the family
Conservatives usually style themselves as pro-family -- Primarily to distinguish themselves from those who don't form lasting partnerships and do not take part in the upbringing of a child. They say that an intact male/female family is the best environment in which to bring up a child. And such families have been the normal human arrangement for hundreds of thousands of generations, so that has got to be right. Intact families are how we have arrived at who we are today. We have evolved to live as part of a family and that has become genetically encoded
We can of course live in other ways but are much less likely to flourish in those other ways -- and any children are highly likely to be damaged by not being brought up in a traditional family. Any time researchers look at how well children function, the children of traditional families come out best. There are a number of research reports that purport to show that the children of Lesbian couples do well but those studies are all so hokey that that tells its own story. Some of them don't even interview the children concerned, rather incredibly. See here and here and here and here and here (scroll down) and here (scroll down)
Leftist don't like all that, of course. Ever since Karl Marx, they have seen families as an obstacle to their foolish dreams of reforming how people behave. People are very resistant to being reformed and the family is a sort of fortress in which people can be themselves.
But in various ways, the Left have seriously damaged the family. They have convinced many people that a traditional family is a silly old system for people who know no better. Sexual liberation is the chief weapon in their armoury of weapons against the family. Nonetheless, traditional urges do usually defeat ideas of sexual liberation and most people do enter into some form of marriage. Even Germaine Greer got married at one stage.
Many of the modern marriages do not last, however. The Leftist siren-song of sexual variety leads both men and women into "straying" from their marriages. And there is no doubt that marriages do place serious demands on the people involved. Men and women are very different so living together is always going to have its stresses. And not everyone is prepared to make the compromises required
So the end result is that in many jurisdictions something like 50% of marriages do not last. Satan has had his way.
And that leads to many of modern society's dysfunctions. Children are brought up with less guidance and less balanced guidance in particular. To take a small example, a girl who is brought up with only a mother in her life might not be bothered to see a little red light flashing on her car's dashboard. She may even think it is pretty and will continue to drive gaily along until she destroys her motor from lack of oil. Expensive! She has just never had a father to tell her anything about cars. So children get by in one way or another but will suffer various handicaps and losses that could have been avoided.
But disadvantaged children are far from the only losers in a normless society. When people are down on their luck and can no longer afford rent what do they do? Most of them go back to their parents' home and re-occupy their childhood bedroom. And they live a civilized life there which preserves their self-respect and helps them to get on their feet again.
But what if there is no family home to go back to? At best they sleep in their car and often they sleep in the streets. They become homeless. If one of their parents is doing well they may get taken in but often the parents will be struggling too so are not in much of a position to help.
So there is both the cause and the solution to homelessness: Families or the lack of them. Sexual liberation is fine and dandy but it can exact a heavy price down the track.
There are of course some older people who are homeless -- and for many of them there is simply no family home to go back to because their parents are deceased. But they should have other family members to turn to: brothers and sisters and sons and daughters. And if family connections have been fostered, there will often be someone who takes in a valued brother or sister. And children often see to the needs of their elderly.
But again, that situation is not likely to exist unless all the brothers and sisters have been brought up together and have been taught to value and support one-another. Where brothers and sisters have been scattered to the four winds, they may be essentially strangers to one another and hence be disinclined to help one another. And if you have grown children who help you it will be strongly influenced by how you have treated them. If they have hardly known you, they may see no obligation on themselves. But if you have been a hands-on parent who provided them with a loving environment that enabled them to blossom, you can probably expect at least some help from them.
The family is the ultimate welfare system and nothing comes near to replacing it.