We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I have seen cops deal with people at my HOA- alcoholics who could probably be labeled mentally ill. The cops favorably impressed me.
One was a homeless guy, who I previously knew was an alcoholic, sleeping by our pool. The other was a resident who often called the cops to arrest someone on what the cops determined were spurious charges. In addition, HOA residents didn't like his aggressive behavior when he was drunk- which was rather often.
The cop told the homeless guy that if he were on property again, he would be busted. He hasn't been back. The cop then told us that the homeless included a lot of alcoholics who had lost all they had.
The other guy was more difficult to deal with, as the cops had to deal a number of times with his wanting to get others arrested. Of the examples I am aware of, I was impressed with the cops' abilities to sort the stories out and decide no arrest was necessary. The HOA got rid of the guy by writing a letter to his landlord describing his behavior, while pointing out that such behavior could result in fines.
I hate to say it, but there is not, and will never be a publicly-funded solution to the homeless crisis. Sure, you can spend forty million on a hospital, but that hardly puts a dent in the problem. There are hundreds of thousands of mentally-ill people roaming the streets; and the Police can't do anything about it.
The only real solution is to go to a three-strike rule. After the third strike, homeless persons will get transported to a tent camp, where they will be evaluated to determine if they are fit to live.
If they are too far gone, they will be compassionately euthanized, and cremated.