Vagrancy, or homelessness, is a sad state of affairs for anyone. Those who choose to wander, living a nomadic life, bring their home and family with them, and find their purpose and meaning for their life as they travel. The truly homeless have no home.
While societies have made efforts to deal with the large numbers of homeless people that emerged since the Industrial Revolution and urbanization, the problem has continued into the twenty-first century. Resources, including shelter, food, public health care, and even sources of income have been made available in many cities. Yet, large numbers of people, unable to deal with the stresses of employment and maintaining a home, remain on the streets.
To solve this problem requires effort on the part of all people, not just official state-run programs. People are essentially social beings, and when they have no successful human relationships, within their family, peers, neighbors, or colleagues at work, they cannot function in society. With the breakdown of the family concurrent with the growth of large cities, many people have become lost and lonely, lacking support, and eventually fall by the wayside into the streets. The family is the "school of love" and it is the place where we learn to relate to others harmoniously and with love and respect. When people have no home and no family, they have no love. Removing them from the streets is not done by building them institutions, but by embracing them into loving human relationships and rebuilding their family. As we are part of one human family, so we can learn to embrace and love all people, including the homeless, so that our broken family will become whole again.