This is a good read about why homeless people avoid living in shelters:
In my experience, shelters are extremely filthy and crowded. I end up with respiratory problems and have to go on an inhaler to catch my breath when I lived in shelters. There is also an increased risk of catching TB and Hepatitis in shelters.
One of my friends told me recently that a shelter he knows of gets deliveries of cleaning supplies, but hardly uses those and the stock keeps piling up– until a staffer carts some away for home use. Don’t get me wrong, wouldn’t want to clean up any icky mess that someone carelessly left, but if you catch them in the act, glove them up and give them a mop and pail. Otherwise, they won’t learn to respect the place they are living in.
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