Homelessness: an inquiry

La Presse’s Mario Girard has a longish piece Saturday on rising homelessness in Montreal. A lot of things are touched on, but toward the end of the piece, Serge Lareault mentions the huge difference between offering someone a free hotel room for the night (and chucking him out first thing in the morning), and giving someone a home they can stay in, like most human beings, 24/7. The first is something you do in an emergency situation to keep a person from freezing on the street overnight. The second is harder, but it’s the real solution.