- Dec 22, 2006
Unfortunately this is just too much logic for some people.A large part of the reason people want to stay on the street is because there are no rules and they don't have to answer to anyone. Their behavior gravitates towards the the anti-social, anti-establishment side of the behavioral spectrum the longer they stay on the street. The longer a person has lived on the street, the harder it is to rehabilitae them and bring them back into conformity with society's norms or to re-integrate them with families and communities. This is why most of the interventions are focused on the new faces on the streets, because they are not so far down the track of various vices and are less initiated in gang activities.
The 'prison numbers gang's' (26's, 25's and 28s) members on parole usually live in separate areas, and control geographic footprints in the city, where they do crime, sell drugs and eek out a living doing car guarding and car washing. In recent years they have infiltrated established homeless groups of non-criminals to camouflage themselves and evade detection.
Another strong reason they remain on the streets is because of becoming addicted to drugs and alcohol, which started off as a way to numb out their abject reality, and then became an evil habit which can only be fed and funded by petty crime.
There is another group, which is growing, made up of undocumented aliens from other parts of Africa, who have no means of repatriation or formalizing their papers because of the lack of processing facilities at Home Affairs. They are literally marooned here without papers or a means to return home.