Many people have no families. Remember when your girls were out of work during that downturn? How would they have paid the rents where you live on Unemployment cheques? People lose their jobs and lose everything they have. I saw this happen to people I've known in the past. None were drug addicts or boozers. They run out of savings, sell everything of value... and finally have to abandon their home or move out of their apts.
Sure there are those where several of them move into an apt and share the rent. But this doesn't always happen. Not being able to afford even old cars, they must be near public transportation where the rents are even higher.
BTW, My son and his SO were paying almost $1800 a month for a tiny 1 bedroom apt near Forest Park. An average middle class area. After utilities and necessities they had little left to save or invest unless all they did was sit in the house. Neither are minimum wage earners. In another few years they would have been priced out of any livable area.
How do you suggest the cities handle the problem of homelessness?
Check this out. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/millennials-obsessed-houseplants-instagram_l_5d7a976de4b01c1970c433b9?fbclid=IwAR10nG2tK6dm05Je9SZ83haf1m5trv09vrfzXDp2KKdwFCLCZRHmrjHY5b8&ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000063&utm_campaign=hp_fb_pages&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=main_fb
"Itís no secret that millennials are delaying major life milestones such as buying homes, getting married and having children, largely for financial reasons. In Los Angeles, for example, the median home price hit an all-time record of $618,000 this past June, prompting an increasing number of millennials to remain renters. The cost of having kids is also higher than ever; the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates it will cost a middle-income family $233,610 to raise a baby born in 2015 through age 17. And millennials collectively hold about $1 trillion of the nationís debt, a 22% increase over the last five years."
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