They would not have survived in rural 19th century America. Soup kitchens, syringe-free distribution centers, and cannabis "clinics", etcetera, coddle them. This is false compassion. Stop paying for their drugs and alcohol and ban tent cities. Pick up their bodies and bury them with a little dignity.
I do not want to support people who have freely chosen a lifestyle that ends in death by drugs or alcohol and will not help themselves. I’d rather support children born with deformities or mental retardation, the elderly, those incapacitated by illness or terrible accidents, and the dying.