It's the same, even in the US, most people who have been "homeless" are in a very temporary state; and they will have an apartment to live in again very soon. They are only technically "homeless".
But for the recurrently or permanently homeless, >>140246
are both correct. Their brains are damaged from mental illness, substance abuse, or both. They lack the mental capacity to make proper choices for themselves anymore. And just like allowing a child to drive a car, it is dangerous and cruel to give them such freedom. They should be considered wards of the state, like orphans. So nothing should be optional for them. Homeless people should be forced to get drug/alcohol treatment. They should be forced to use mental health services. If they're schitzos, they should be forced to take antipsychotic medications. If they're bi-polar or violent, they should be forced to take mood stabilizers like lithium. They should be forced to live in the free housing or shelters provided for them. They should not be allowed to live in tents at the park, under bridges, or in the entryway of a small retail business. If they try to live anywhere that they are not allowed to, they should be physically removed by police. If they continue to flout the rules, they should be hospitalized in a psych ward. It may sound harsh, but this is the most compassionate way to handle the permanently homeless. The activists who think that being lax is better for the homeless are like a parent who lets their child eat ice cream cake for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; until they have a heart attack at 10 yo and need to have a leg amputated for diabetes.